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

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffDems request probe into spa owner suspected of trying to sell access to Trump Dems fear Trump is looking at presidential pardons The Hill's Morning Report — Trump readies first veto after latest clash with Senate GOP MORE (D-Calif.) said early Thursday that Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanBottom Line Paul Ryan says Trump will win reelection because of 'record of accomplishment' Pence loses House office space 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.

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"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 TrumpWarren: 'White supremacists pose a threat to the United States like any other terrorist group' National Enquirer paid 0,000 for Bezos texts: report Santorum: Trump should 'send emails to a therapist' instead of tweeting 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.