Trump: Nunes may be recognized as 'Great American Hero'

Trump: Nunes may be recognized as 'Great American Hero'
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump suggests Sotomayor, Ginsburg should have to recuse themselves on 'Trump related' cases Sanders says idea he can't work with Republicans is 'total nonsense' Sanders releases list of how to pay for his proposals MORE on Monday praised House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesCollins: Trump pick doesn't have experience to serve as director of national intelligence Congress set for clash over surveillance reforms Judge dismisses Nunes' lawsuit against Fusion GPS MORE (R-Calif.) for “what he has had to endure” after the congressman led efforts to release a classified memo that accuses the Justice Department of surveillance abuses.

“Representative Devin Nunes, a man of tremendous courage and grit, may someday be recognized as a Great American Hero for what he has exposed and what he has had to endure!” Trump tweeted.

The tweet came not long after Trump launched an attack on the ranking Democrat on the committee, Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffThe Hill's Morning Report - Sanders steamrolls to South Carolina primary, Super Tuesday Schiff blasts Trump for making 'false claims' about Russia intel: 'You've betrayed America. Again' Trump: Nevada a 'great win' for Sanders MORE (Calif.), whom the president accused of being "one of the biggest liars" in Washington.

Schiff later fired back at Trump, telling him to stop tweeting "false smears" and help "solve the funding crisis, [protect] Dreamers or...really anything else."

Staff for Nunes authored the four-page memo, which was released Friday. It accuses senior Justice Department officials of improperly using information from the controversial "Steele dossier" — which originated as an opposition research document during the 2016 campaign — to obtain surveillance warrants on Carter Page, a member of the Trump transition team and former Trump campaign adviser. 

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While Republicans, including Nunes, have argued the memo proves bias against President Trump within the Justice Department, Democrats have bashed the document as containing cherry-picked facts in an effort to undermine the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Schiff suggested Sunday that it's possible Nunes worked with the White House in crafting the memo.

Democrats have called for the House Intelligence Committee to release the party's countermemo, which reportedly addresses claims in the Republican document. The committee is expected to vote Monday on the Democratic memo.