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 TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates MORE fired Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump: Appointing Sessions was my biggest mistake Nikki Haley blasts Roy Moore's Senate bid: 'He does not represent our Republican Party' Time magazine: Trump threatened reporter with prison time MORE and Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinTrump: Appointing Sessions was my biggest mistake Trump blasts Mueller, decries 'witch hunt' at 2020 launch Trump: I didn't fire Mueller since firings 'didn't work out too well' for Nixon 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 MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump Schiff says Intel panel will hold 'series' of hearings on Mueller report MORE's probe into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. 

— Julia Manchester