Trump: Nunes should receive Medal of Honor

Trump: Nunes should receive Medal of Honor

President TrumpDonald John TrumpJustice Department preparing for Mueller report as soon as next week: reports Smollett lawyers declare 'Empire' star innocent Pelosi asks members to support resolution against emergency declaration MORE on Thursday heaped praise on House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers scramble as shutdown deadline nears ‘Fox & Friends’ host asks if McCabe opening FBI probe into Trump was attempt to ‘overthrow government’ Nunes says GOP lawmakers looking through Russia transcripts, will make DOJ referrals 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 Jay RosensteinDems seize on Times bombshell to push allegations of Trump obstruction Trump calls Andrew McCabe a 'poor man's J. Edgar Hoover' CNN: DOJ preparing to announce end of Mueller probe as soon as next 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.