In a statement released late Tuesday, Kellogg said, “I had and have no concerns” about the phone call, and pushed back on allegations that anything inappropriate was said.
“I was on the much-reported July 25 call between President Donald Trump and President Zelensky. As an exceedingly proud member of President Trump’s Administration and as a 34-year highly experienced combat veteran who retired with the rank of Lieutenant General in the Army, I heard nothing wrong or improper on the call. I had and have no concerns.”
Read his statement below:
VP office sends out statement from Lt. Gen Kellogg, Nat Sec Adv to Pence, about inquiry witness Williams tesitmony: “I heard nothing wrong or improper on the call. I had and have no concerns…” Goes on to say Williams did not report any concerns to him. pic.twitter.com/8OvgTZhLcw— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) November 19, 2019
Kellogg pushed back on Jennifer Williams, an aide to Pence who testified on Tuesday that she had concerns about the phone call, as he said, “She never reported any personal or professional concerns to any other member of the Vice President’s staff.”
“Ms. Williams was also on the call, and as she testified, she never reported any personal or professional concerns to me, her direct supervisor, regarding the call. In fact, she never reported any personal or professional concerns to any other member of the Vice President’s staff, including our Chief of Staff and the Vice President.”
He said that Williams “accurately testified regarding the Vice President’s preparations for and conduct during the September 1 meeting with Poland with President Zelensky,” noting that Pence did not mention former Vice President Joe Biden or Burisma Holdings during that meeting.
Williams testified on Tuesday that she found the July 25 phone call to be “unusual” because it “involved discussion of what appeared to be a domestic political matter.”
Later Tuesday, other members of Pence’s staff questioned why Williams did not voice her concerns to them if she found the call to be unusual.
In an appearance on Fox News, Marc Short, Pence’s chief of staff, questioned why Williams did not raise her concerns with him, “She said she found the call unusual, yet she never raised any concerns with her supervisor General Kellogg, she never raised any concerns with the chief of staff, she never raised any concerns with the vice president.”