As a reward for his courage in taking on the Justice Department’s Russia investigation, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) deserves the Medal of Honor, President Donald Trump said Thursday during a phone interview with Fox & Friends.
During a wide-ranging interview on Fox & Friends, Trump repeated his denial that there was any collusion between his campaign and Russian operatives and denounced special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation as "disgraceful" and a "witch hunt." It was in that context that he said Nunes, the California Republican who serves as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, deserves the military's highest honor.
"If this turns out as everyone thinks it will, Devin Nunes should get the Medal of Honor," he said. "What he's gone through, and his bravery, he should get a very important medal."
Apparently realizing that the Medal of Honor is awarded for military valor, Trump then added, "Maybe we'll call it the Medal of Freedom because we actually give them, the high awards for civilians."
America’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom is awarded to individuals who have made "an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors".
Nunes has been a vocal critic of the Russia investigation from the outset and has implied that it is the job of House Republicans to protect President Donald Trump from Mueller in a recording captured at a campaign fundraising event.
The congressman also has accused investigators within the FBI and Department of Justice of anti-Trump bias and consistently pushed for documents related to the investigation to be shared with House Intelligence Committee.
The president said he himself has also “done a great service to this country” in exposing “so much”.
Trump said the Republicans who are trying to expose bias against him within the Justice Department are becoming "folk heroes." Although their efforts were often "stymied," he said "now it's coming out and it's really sad."