Schiff: I think Stone is going to need a much better defense

Schiff: I think Stone is going to need a much better defense
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Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffJohnson: Whistleblower 'exposed things that didn't need to be exposed' Schiff knocks Mulvaney over failure to testify in impeachment probe Impeachment hearings likely to get worse for Republicans MORE (D-Calif.), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday that Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneLawmakers spar over upcoming Sondland testimony Himes: 'I don't think it blows a hole in the case' if Sondland testifies there was no quid pro quo Gates sentencing set for next month MORE will "need a much better defense" against charges he faces in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSpeier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' Comey: Mueller 'didn't succeed in his mission because there was inadequate transparency' MORE's probe after he called the indictment "thin as piss on a rock."

Schiff, who appeared on ABC's "This Week" immediately after Stone was interviewed, said that the longtime confidant of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump reversed course on flavored e-cigarette ban over fear of job losses: report Trump to award National Medal of Arts to actor Jon Voight Sondland notified Trump officials of investigation push ahead of Ukraine call: report MORE, who was indicted on seven federal counts Friday, is "presumed innocent."

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"But these are very specific allegations of lies and witness intimidation," Schiff added. "They’re matters that will be easily provable. These are not ambiguous statements. They’re very detailed. And I think he’s going to need a much better defense than the one you just heard.”

Mueller's team, which is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, charged Stone with one count of obstruction of an official proceeding, five counts of false statements and a count of witness tampering.

The indictment also states that a top Trump campaign official was instructed to contact Stone to get information about the WikiLeaks hacks of Democratic emails ahead of the 2016 election.

Stone said Sunday on "This Week" that his attorneys view the indictment as "thin as piss on a rock" and predicted that he would be acquitted.

“In view of the fact that I expect to be acquitted and vindicated and that my attorneys … believe that this indictment is thin as piss on a rock, I’m prepared to fight for my life," Stone said.