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

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffFive takeaways from Barr's new powers in 'spying' probe Trump declassification move unnerves Democrats Trump appeals order siding with House Democrats bank subpoenas MORE (D-Calif.) said early Thursday that Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanAmash storm hits Capitol Hill Debate with Donald Trump? Just say no Ex-Trump adviser says GOP needs a better health-care message for 2020 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 TrumpA better VA, with mental health services, is essential for America's veterans Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit 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.