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Trump: Nunes should receive Medal of Honor

Trump: Nunes should receive Medal of Honor

President TrumpDonald John TrumpCorker: US must determine responsibility in Saudi journalist's death Five takeaways from testy Heller-Rosen debate in Nevada Dem senator calls for US action after 'preposterous' Saudi explanation MORE on Thursday heaped praise on House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesJuan Williams: Trump, the Great Destroyer The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Citi — Latest on Hurricane Michael | Trump, Kanye West to have lunch at White House | GOP divided over potential 2020 high court vacancy Senate Dem: Trump's 'fake, hyperbolic rantings' an insult to real Medal of Honor recipients 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 RosensteinConservative rep slams Rosenstein's 'conflicts of interest' The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Trump, Obama head to swing states with Senate majority in balance Rosenstein to appear for House interview 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.