Ex-prosecutor praises Trump decision to waive executive privilege on Mueller report

Former federal prosecutor Gene Rossi on Thursday praised President TrumpDonald John TrumpCould Donald Trump and Boris Johnson be this generation's Reagan-Thatcher? Merkel backs Democratic congresswomen over Trump How China's currency manipulation cheats America on trade MORE's decision to waive executive privilege over special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE's findings.

"If Donald Trump waived executive privilege on the report, that's a big deal to me," Rossi told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton. 

"If I were the Trump people, [Rudy] Giuliani or Victoria [Toensing], they should pop the champagne because that's a big deal, executive privilege waived," he continued. "That really made me feel good."

Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrHouse gears up for Mueller testimony History in the House: Congress weathers unprecedented week Court filings show Trump, Cohen contacts amid hush money payments MORE confirmed in a press conference on Thursday that Trump declined to use executive privilege to keep portions of the report from Congress and the public after White House lawyers looked over a redacted version. 

Barr submitted Mueller's long-anticipated report to Congress on Thursday, making it available to the public. In the report, Mueller details the findings of his 22-month investigation, saying there was no evidence of collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian election meddling in 2016. Mueller also declined to take a position on whether Trump obstructed justice with the probe.

The report is redacted to hide grand jury material, classified information, details about ongoing investigations and information that could implicate the privacy of “peripheral” third parties.

— Julia Manchester