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 TrumpPence: It's not a "foregone conclusion" that lawmakers impeach Trump FBI identifies Pensacola shooter as Saudi Royal Saudi Air Force second lieutenant Trump calls Warren 'Pocahontas,' knocks wealth tax MORE fired Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe shifting impeachment positions of Jonathan Turley Rosenstein, Sessions discussed firing Comey in late 2016 or early 2017: FBI notes Justice Dept releases another round of summaries from Mueller probe MORE and Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinRosenstein, Sessions discussed firing Comey in late 2016 or early 2017: FBI notes Justice Dept releases another round of summaries from Mueller probe Judge rules former WH counsel McGahn must testify under subpoena 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 (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts House impeachment hearings: The witch hunt continues Speier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump MORE's probe into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. 

— Julia Manchester