Protesters occupy Senate Dem’s office, blast Wall St. ties

FILE - In this July 22, 2015, file photo Sens. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., left, and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah., arrive for a classified briefing by Secretary of State John Kerry on Iran, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
FILE - In this July 22, 2015, file photo Sens. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., left, and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah., arrive for a classified briefing by Secretary of State John Kerry on Iran, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than two dozen protesters have briefly occupied the Capitol Hill office of Sen. Charles Schumer, objecting to close ties to Wall Street by the man poised to lead Senate Democrats.

U.S. Capitol Police removed the protesters, who say they want Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont instead to lead the party, which was swept out of power last week.

The protesters came from groups that included Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter. They argue Hillary Clinton’s defeat was because of her coziness with big money donors, and that Schumer is from the same mold. They urged Democrats to do everything they can to block Trump’s agenda.

Schumer has lain low since Election Day, pondering the path forward for his party. He has indicated a willingness to work with Trump.

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