Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump battle with police at the west entrance of the Capitol during a “Stop the Steal” protest outside of the Capitol building in Washington D.C. January 6, 2021.
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Senate Democrats plan to focus on the Internal Revenue Service as part of a larger probe into tax-exempt groups that helped organize the pro-Trump rally that preceded the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
Democrats, led in part by lawmakers on the Senate Finance Committee, have begun asking the IRS to review the tax-exempt status of the dark money groups that were involved with the rally’s planning. At the event, then-President Donald Trump encouraged his supporters to march on the Capitol.
The eventual insurrection left five dead, including a police officer.
Several nonprofit groups were involved with planning and organizing the rally, including Women for America First, a 501(c)(4) organization chaired by a leading tea party advocate. It had been previously funded by America First Policies, a 501(c)(4) organization chaired by former wrestling executive and onetime Trump Cabinet member Linda McMahon.
Such groups are known as dark money organizations because they do not publicly disclose their donors.
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., the ranking member and expected chairman of the committee, recently sent a letter to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig asking him to investigate any group involved in pl