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Trump: Nunes should receive Medal of Honor

Trump: Nunes should receive Medal of Honor

President TrumpDonald John TrumpVenezuela judge orders prison time for 6 American oil executives Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE on Thursday heaped praise on House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesOvernight Defense: Trump loyalist to lead Pentagon transition | Democrats ask VA for vaccine distribution plan | Biden to get classified intel reports Ex-Nunes aide linked to Biden conspiracy theories will lead Pentagon transition Sunday shows preview: Biden transition, COVID-19 spike in spotlight 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 RosensteinTrump turns his ire toward Cabinet members Ex-deputy attorney general says Justice Dept. 'will ignore' Trump's threats against political rivals The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump's erratic tweets upend stimulus talks; COVID-19 spreads in White House 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.