In this file photo taken on February 9, 2017 US President Donald Trump stands alongside US Attorney General Jeff Sessions after Sessions was sworn in, in the Oval Office of the White House. / AFP / SAUL LOEB
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Speaking on the eve of a closely-watched meeting of central bank chiefs Friday, Trump again took aim at his Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, prompting a rare reaction from the embattled justice department chief.The comments came after two of Trump's former top aides – onetime campaign chairman Paul Manafort and longtime lawyer Michael Cohen – were found guilty of various financial crimes in a one-two punch for the president.Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations in the form of hush payments during the 2016 campaign to two women who alleged they had affairs with Trump. Lawmakers from Trump's own Republican Party warned the president they would not confirm a new attorney general if Sessions – a former senator – was fired.Trump then said the hush payments were financed with his own money – to which Cohen had access – and that while he had no knowledge of them at the time, he had since been fully transparent.
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