Barr has been at the centre of allegations that he decided - allegedly under pressure from Trump - to overrule his own prosecutors and seek a lighter prison sentence for Stone.
"I don't want to say that yet, but I will tell you what, people were hurt viciously and badly by these corrupt people".
Now Comey is asserting there is a "crisis at the Justice Department". "They don't go to jail for nine years", Trump said.
Mr Trump also targeted the judge in the case and the outgoing prosecutors in other tweets, and indicated his support for issuing a full pardon of Stone. Other Democrats accused Trump of purging the USA government of perceived enemies following his acquittal on impeachment charges last week.
"While he has the right to have a conversation with the attorney general, he did not", White House spokesman Hogan Gidley told reporters.
"This is a very unique scenario", former federal prosecutor, Jacob Frenkel, who is now a criminal defense attorney at Dickinson-Wright, told Newsweek on Wednesday.
The judge's restrained (though barely veiled) criticism is believed to specifically regard the 45th president's heavily-chided tweet calling into question the integrity of fellow D.C. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson.
"I doubt that would do much", said Mitt Romney, the only Republican senator to vote to remove the President from office in the impeachment trial.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsay Graham said in a statement that Barr "has my complete confidence" and "is the right man at the right time to reform the department and stand up for the Rule of Law".
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Trump has denied that his tweets attacking the original sentence of 87 to 108 months recommended for Stone - and in support of Barr after it was reduced by more than half - amounted to political interference.
Trump was acquitted by the Senate on the two articles of impeachment, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, Democrats passed in the House.
"That doesn't mean that we're going to spend all of our time going after every lie that the administration's henchmen make to the Congress of the United States", Pelosi said at her weekly press conference.
He has previously been criticised by Democrats and legal experts for seeming to assist Trump during the independent investigation into whether the president was helped by a Russian influence campaign during the 2016 election.
"Trump is going around getting even with people".
Stone was convicted in November a year ago of lying to Congress, witness- tampering and obstruction of justice over his involvement in connection with the release of stolen Democratic emails in 2016.
A self-proclaimed "dirty trickster", Stone has known Mr Trump since the 1980s and was instrumental in guiding him on his first steps to the White House.
Liu was moved from the US attorney's office after Trump nominated her to serve as the Treasury Department's undersecretary for terrorism and financial crimes, a top position overseeing economic sanctions.
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