Roger Stone attacks Schiff as ‘full of schiff’ over perjury allegations

Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneRoger Stone invokes gag order in new fundraiser Trump has publicly criticized Russia probe more than 1,100 times: NY Times The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders set to shake up 2020 race MORE on Thursday attacked a Democratic lawmaker who said that the president’s longtime confidant may have made false statements during his congressional testimony, calling Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffWhite House, GOP defend Trump emergency declaration Schiff: Evidence of collusion between Trump campaign, Russia 'pretty compelling' Schiff: 'Hard to imagine a poorer case' than Trump's on emergency declaration MORE (D-Calif.) a "con man" and "full of schiff."

Stone delivered an impassioned speech to a crowd of roughly three dozen attendees at the conservative American Priority conference in Washington, D.C., days after he exercised his Fifth Amendment rights to reject a Democratic request for further congressional testimony.

He used the opportunity to not only repeatedly praise the president, but respond to Democrats who said that the former one-time Trump campaign adviser may have lied when he previously testified before Congress.

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Schiff, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee who is expected to be the panel's chairman in the coming year, told ABC on Sunday that publicly released emails between Stone and special counsel witness Jerome Corsi don't match up with Stone's congressional testimony.

Stone's 2017 testimony before the committee "needs to be provided to the special counsel for consideration of whether perjury charges are warranted," Schiff said during the interview.

Stone hit back on Thursday, calling Schiff a “con man."

“The congressman is full of schiff,” Stone said, in reference to a vulgarity, earning a smattering of laughs.

Stone, who has come under increasing scrutiny from special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE, made the public appearance just days after he rejected a request for documents and an interview from Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee. He asserted his Fifth Amendment rights for the denial.

After his remarks, Stone told reporters that he may reconsider his decision to exercise his Fifth Amendment rights if the Senate panel allows him to testify in public, claiming that his past "testimony has already been mischaracterized."

Stone maintained that he was being truthful when he testified before the House panel, claiming that he "could prove if forced to that everything I said in my submitted statement and in my questions was truthful."

While the ballroom was set up to seat hundreds of people, the few dozen in attendance were enthusiastic during Stone's keynote, often cheering him on as he delivered his remarks.

Stone also dismissed claims that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rosenstein at DOJ McCabe says ‘it’s possible’ Trump is a Russian asset McCabe: Trump ‘undermining the role of law enforcement’ MORE’s tweet thanking Stone for having “guts” for saying he wouldn't testify against the president could be considered witness tampering.

Stone had told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on Sunday that there is “no circumstance” under which he would testify against the president because he would “have to bear false witness against him."

Trump in turn had praised Stone for the remarks, tweeting on Monday that it’s “nice to know that some people still have ‘guts.’”

Some, including White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayTrump, Harris, Ocasio-Cortez, Charlie Kirk among Twitter's most-engaged users White House seeks to clarify Trump remarks on emergency Trump says he 'didn't need to' declare emergency but wanted 'faster' action MORE's husband George Conway, had responded to the tweet by saying it could be considered witness tampering in Mueller's investigation.

But Stone rejected those statements, saying he was "proud" of the tweet and claiming that only left-leaning figures had made the assertions.