Williams testified that Trump’s request for specific investigations struck her as “unusual and inappropriate” and “shed some light on possible other motivations” for Trump’s decision to freeze security aid to Ukraine.
Pence’s office on Sunday declined to defend Williams after Trump’s Twitter attack.
“Jennifer is a State Department employee,” Pence’s press secretary Katie Waldman said in response to CNN’s request for comment.
Like many foreign policy advisers at the White House, Williams is a State Department employee detailed to Pence’s office.
Staffers in the vice president’s office have made a concerted effort to distance Pence from Williams, even before she sat down to testify. But sources explained to CNN that his office is selective about which career officials get detailed to their staff. His senior staff typically interviews them beforehand.
Keith Kellogg, the vice president’s national security adviser, was responsible for selecting Williams.
CNN has reached out to Williams and her attorney for comment, but has not received a response.
CNN’s Greg Clary and Alex Marquardt contributed to this report.
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