Schiff: Ryan leaving because Washington is in ‘complete shambles’

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffWhite House, GOP defend Trump emergency declaration Schiff: Evidence of collusion between Trump campaign, Russia 'pretty compelling' Schiff: 'Hard to imagine a poorer case' than Trump's on emergency declaration MORE (D-Calif.) said early Thursday that Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders set to shake up 2020 race McCabe: No one in 'Gang of Eight' objected to FBI probe into Trump Unscripted Trump keeps audience guessing in Rose Garden MORE (R-Wis.) is leaving Congress in part because GOP leadership has reduced Washington to "shambles."

"I think part of the reason he's leaving is the way the GOP has run Washington over the years. It's in complete shambles," Schiff said on CNN's "New Day."

The ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee added that pressure to "basically end the Russia investigation" was too much for Ryan to handle.


"It's dragging the GOP down, and they'll pay for it in the midterms," Schiff says.

Ryan announced Wednesday that he would not seek reelection in November, throwing the House GOP leadership into question.

The Wisconsin Republican was facing a particularly well-funded Democratic opponent in Randy Bryce, a union ironworker who declared his candidacy last year.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rosenstein at DOJ McCabe says ‘it’s possible’ Trump is a Russian asset McCabe: Trump ‘undermining the role of law enforcement’ MORE praised the House leader on Wednesday after his announcement.

"Speaker Paul Ryan is a truly good man, and while he will not be running for reelection, he leaves behind a legacy of achievement no one can question," the president wrote on Twitter.