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 TrumpMost Americans break with Trump on Ukraine, but just 45 percent think he should be removed: poll Judge orders Democrats to give notice if they request Trump's NY tax returns Trump's doctor issues letter addressing 'speculation' about visit to Walter Reed MORE on Monday praised House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesGOP senator calls impeachment 'sabotage' effort, raises questions about witness on eve of testimony White House official sues Politico for story about his role in Trump's Ukraine dealings Conway and Haley get into heated feud: 'You'll say anything to get the vice-presidential nomination' 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 SchiffHillicon Valley: Commerce extends Huawei waiver | Senate Dems unveil privacy bill priorities | House funding measure extends surveillance program | Trump to tour Apple factory | GOP bill would restrict US data going to China Press: Ukraine's not the only outrage Adam Schiff is just blowing smoke with 'witness intimidation' bluster 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.