House Speaker Paul Ryan is retiring, in part, because the Republican Party is wounded and he'd rather not stand up to President Donald Trump, a leading Democrat said Thursday.
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., was interviewed on CNN's "New Day" and spoke about Ryan's decision to retire from Congress next January after 20 years in office.
"I think part of the reason he's leaving is the way the GOP has run Washington for the last year and a quarter. It's in complete shambles," Schiff said.
"You have the president's allies urging him essentially to obstruct justice. You have a rogue operation by the chairman of the Intel Committee [Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif.] to attack the FBI, attack the Department of Justice, basically end the Russia investigation but continue with renewed vigor all of these counter-investigations. It's dragging down the GOP and they're gonna pay for it in the midterms."
Conceding that he was purely giving his opinion on the matter with no confirmation from Ryan himself, Schiff added that Ryan is choosing to step away and avoid a fight with the White House.
"I think the speaker decided rather than fight things, rather than speak up for a system of checks and balances, rather than take on the president, he would rather just leave before the ship comes crashing to the shore," Schiff said.
Ryan said one of the reasons why he's leaving Congress is to spend more time with his family.
"What I realize is if I'm here for one more term, my kids will only have ever known me as a weekend dad," Ryan said Wednesday morning. "I just can't let that happen. So I will be setting new priorities in my life, but I will also be leaving incredibly proud of what we've accomplished."
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