Trump: Nunes should receive Medal of Honor

Trump: Nunes should receive Medal of Honor

President TrumpDonald TrumpJulian Castro knocks Biden administration over refugee policy Overnight Energy & Environment — League of Conservation Voters — Climate summit chief says US needs to 'show progress' on environment Five takeaways from Arizona's audit results MORE on Thursday heaped praise on House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesLIVE COVERAGE: Ways and Means begins Day 2 on .5T package Biden faces unfinished mission of evacuating Americans Nunes sues MSNBC, alleging Rachel Maddow defamed him MORE (R-Calif.), saying he deserves the nation's highest military honors for his efforts to push back on the Russia investigation.  

"If this turns out as everyone thinks it will, Devin Nunes should get the Medal of Honor," Trump said during an interview on "Fox & Friends." 

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The Medal of Honor is awarded to military service members recognized for acts of valor during war. 

The president later suggested Nunes should receive the highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom.

Trump's line appeared to be parroted from Fox News host Sean Hannity, who told Nunes he "frankly deserves the Medal of Freedom for really showing, sadly, the biggest abuse of power corruption scandal."

The California lawmaker has made numerous document requests to the Justice Department regarding the Russia investigation. Republicans say the efforts are meant to make the probe more transparent but critics say the moves are designed to slow down or halt the probe. 

Trump was asked if he would fire 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, who oversees the Russia probe but demurred. 

"Well, I actually get along well with Rod," Trump said. 

But he went on to again criticize the probe as "a witch hunt going on."

Rosenstein could not come to an agreement with Republican lawmakers to testify under oath about news reports that he discussed secretly recording Trump or using the 25th Amendment to oust him. The top Justice Department official has denied the report. 

Updated at 9:22 a.m.