House Dem: We could work with Ryan
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Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffOvernight Tech: Lawmakers zero in on Zuckerberg | AT&T, DOJ preview trial arguments | First lady vows to tackle cyberbullying Schiff: Cambridge Analytica CEO's mocking description of GOP 'all too accurate' Cambridge Analytica whistleblower to speak to House Intel Dems MORE (D-Calif.) called Rep. Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanGOP leaders to Trump: Leave Mueller alone Overnight Regulation: FTC to probe Facebook over user data | FDA takes step to regulating flavors in tobacco products | Congress may include background check measure in funding bill Judge rules FEC wrongly dismissed complaint against conservative group 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 McCarthyWhite House officials expect short-term funding bill to avert shutdown GOP leaders to Trump: Leave Mueller alone Overnight Finance: Congress struggles to strike funding deal as deadline nears | Immigration, ObamaCare, Gateway project divide lawmakers | FTC to probe Facebook | Mnuchin plays hardball on tariffs 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.

“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.