House Dem: We could work with Ryan
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Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffDem lawmaker: Putin will take Trump's attack on Mueller probe as 'green light' to interfere in 2018 The Hill's Morning Report — Trump, Putin meet under cloud of Mueller’s Russia indictments Russians' indictment casts shadow ahead of Trump-Putin summit MORE (D-Calif.) called Rep. Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanSenate Dems build huge cash edge in battlegrounds Kelly lobbied Republicans to rebuke Trump after Putin press conference: report Lobbying world MORE (R-Wis.) someone Democrats “could work with” as a prospective Speaker, in a television interview to be broadcast Sunday. But the California Democrat also noted wryly that this relative popularity with Democrats “might be the most serious indictment against” Ryan in the eyes of his fellow Republicans.

Ryan, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, has come under intense pressure from party colleagues to stand for the Speakership in the wake of the abrupt withdrawal of Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyHouse GOP reverses, cancels vote on Dem bill to abolish ICE Pelosi: 'The Russians have something on the president' The Hill's Morning Report — Trump, Putin meet under cloud of Mueller’s Russia indictments MORE (R-Calif.) from the race earlier this week. But Ryan has so far provided few indications that he is willing to go forward, even though some in his party believe his resistance to the idea may be weakening.

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“I like Paul very much,” Schiff said during the interview with C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers," adding, “I think he is a bright guy, he is a very personable guy. I don’t find him to be [a] kind of striking ideologue.”

Schiff also weighed in on the controversy that engulfed McCarthy, even before his withdrawal from the Speakership race. McCarthy had appeared to suggest, in a recent interview with Fox News, that the House panel investigating the 2012 attack on an American compound in Benghazi, Libya, had been designed to erode Hillary Clinton’s standing with voters.

Schiff, who sits on the committee, asserted that McCarthy was merely stating “what everybody has long since recognized.” In the Democrat’s view, the committee had become “interested in only one thing, and that is trying to inflict damage on Secretary Clinton.”

Schiff has endorsed Clinton in her battle for the Democratic presidential nomination, which the former secretary of State continues to lead by a significant margin in polls, despite a robust challenge from the left in the shape of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

Schiff also insisted that he took “no satisfaction” from the turmoil currently roiling the GOP, saying Democrats “need them to be able to be functional, we need them to be able to govern.”

“Newsmakers” airs Sunday at 10 a.m and 6 p.m. EST on C-SPAN.