Trump says Nunes will be hailed as a 'great American hero'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Five takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio Democrats debate in Ohio: Who came out on top? MORE said Wednesday that Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald Nunes10 top Republicans who continue to deny the undeniable A Republican Watergate veteran's perspective on a Trump impeachment Meet the lawyer at center of whistleblower case: 'It is an everyday adventure' MORE (R-Calif.) would some day be "hailed as a great American hero."

“Devin Nunes is someday going to be hailed as a great American hero,” Trump told Fox News's Sean Hannity in an interview Wednesday night.

“They tried to destroy that man because he spoke up for good and just and all of the things that you have to speak up for but most people don’t have the courage to do it,” he continued.

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Nunes, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, has remained a staunch Trump advocate.

Democrats have been deeply frustrated with his panel's handling of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerFox News legal analyst says Trump call with Ukraine leader could be 'more serious' than what Mueller 'dragged up' Lewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network MORE's investigation into Russia's election interference and possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Last year, Republicans on the committee released an intelligence memo alleging abuse of government surveillance powers by the Justice Department. Nunes chaired the committee at the time. 

Trump praised Nunes at the time for “what he has had to endure” after the congressman led efforts to release the classified memo.

“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 in February 2018.