MPEACHMENT INQUIRY Trump says whistleblower has ties to a Democratic rival. Here’s what we know.

President Donald Trump claimed Wednesday that the intelligence community whistleblower whose complaint led to an impeachment inquiry has ties to his Democratic “opponents,” a charge met with pushback from the still-anonymous person’s lawyer.

Mark Zaid, an attorney for the whistleblower, called the identity of his client “irrelevant” — but responded Wednesday evening to what he said were “ongoing efforts to mischaracterize whistleblower #1’s alleged ‘bias’ in order to detract from the substance of the complaint.”

Trump’s tweets Wednesday also alleged “involvement with a Democratic candidate,” citing media reports not confirmed by NBC News.

Zaid, responding Wednesday, said the whistleblower “never worked for or advised a political candidate, campaign, or party,” and had spent their government career in apolitical roles in the executive branch.

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