House Dem: We could work with Ryan
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Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Top intel Dem: Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about Trump Tower discussions with father Erik Prince says meeting with Russian banker unrelated to Trump campaign MORE (D-Calif.) called Rep. Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanMcConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees House Republican: 'I worry about both sides' of the aisle on DACA Overnight Health Care: 3.6M signed up for ObamaCare in first month | Ryan pledges 'entitlement reform' next year | Dems push for more money to fight opioids 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 McCarthy34 House Republicans demand DACA action this year GOP leaders agree to consider Dec. 30 spending bill House approves motion to go to tax conference — with drama 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.