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Ex-prosecutor warns Trump firing Sessions, Rosenstein would only set administration back

Former federal prosecutor Joseph Moreno on Monday warned that if President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump renews attacks against Tester over VA nominee on eve of Montana rally Trump submits 2017 federal income tax returns Corker: Trump administration 'clamped down' on Saudi intel, canceled briefing MORE fired Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsMcGahn departs as White House counsel The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump requests Turkey's evidence on missing journalist | Takeaways from Texas Senate debate | Key Mueller findings could be ready after midterms The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — GOP faces ‘green wave’ in final stretch to the midterms MORE and Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinRosenstein says Mueller probe is 'appropriate and independent' The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump requests Turkey's evidence on missing journalist | Takeaways from Texas Senate debate | Key Mueller findings could be ready after midterms Mueller to present key findings related to Russia probe after midterms: report MORE, it would only set his administration back. 

"One of the president's greatest assets is some of the people he has in key positions, that includes Rod Rosenstein," Moreno told Hill.TV's Buck Sexton and Krystal Ball on "Rising." "He's a serious Washington, D.C., public servant."

"He's really seen as bipartisan, and he was overwhelmingly approved in the Senate," he continued. "He will give an imprimatur of the authenticity of whatever Bob Mueller eventually puts out." 

“If you get rid of Rod Rosenstein, and you get rid of Jeff Sessions, and you get rid of other people that have some reputation in this town, the president will have only that much more of a harder time getting things done, and being taken seriously," he said. 

Moreno's comments come after The New York Times reported on Friday that Rosenstein floated the idea of recording conversations with Trump, and talked about the possibility of administration officials invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office.

Trump left the door open to firing Rosenstein during an interview on Monday. 

“I haven’t gotten all the facts, but certainly it’s being looked at in terms of what took place," Trump told “Geraldo in Cleveland” on WTAM radio. 

"If anything took place and I’ll make a determination sometime later, but I don’t have the facts," he continued. 

Trump has lashed out at Attorney General Jeff Sessions over the past year for recusing himself from special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's probe into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. 

— Julia Manchester