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

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden to make voting rights play in Atlanta Democrats eager to fill power vacuum after Pelosi exit Overnight Health Care — Insurance will soon cover COVID-19 tests MORE (D-Calif.) said early Thursday that Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanOn The Trail: Retirements offer window into House Democratic mood Stopping the next insurrection Former Sen. Bob Dole dies at 98 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 TrumpSanders calls out Manchin, Sinema ahead of filibuster showdown Laura Ingraham 'not saying' if she'd support Trump in 2024 The Hill's 12:30 Report: Djokovic may not compete in French Open over vaccine requirement 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.