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

Former federal prosecutor Joseph Moreno on Monday warned that if President TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by Boeing — Milley warns of 'Sputnik moment' for China WSJ publishes letter from Trump continuing to allege voter fraud in PA Oath Keeper who was at Capitol on Jan. 6 runs for New Jersey State Assembly MORE fired Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits McCabe wins back full FBI pension after being fired under Trump Overnight Hillicon Valley — Apple issues security update against spyware vulnerability MORE and Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinWashington still needs more transparency House Judiciary to probe DOJ's seizure of data from lawmakers, journalists The Hill's Morning Report - Biden-Putin meeting to dominate the week 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) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE's probe into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. 

— Julia Manchester