President Donald Trump really likes California Republican and U.S. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes. The prominent Congressman has made a name for himself throughout the course of the Russia investigation for obstruction of justice, and for his efforts, Trump believes Nunes should get the Medal of Honor — seriously.
In the middle of a sprawling rant about Terry McAuliffe and Andrew McCabe, Donald Trump asserts that “Devin Nunes should get the Medal of Honor.” pic.twitter.com/KkEfCRhaWg
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) October 11, 2018
To be sure, he did withdraw that particular phrase and replace his sentiment with a call for Nunes to be awarded the Medal of Freedom. The Medal of Honor is awarded to members of the U.S. Armed Forces, while the Presidential Medal of Freedom is awarded to civilians, although Trump seems to think that only the latter is actually given out.
During yet another rambling chat aired on Fox & Friends, he said:
‘If this turns out like everyone thinks it will, Devin Nunes should get the Medal of Honor. He should really — what he’s gone through, and his bravery, he should get a very important medal. Maybe we’ll call it the Medal of Freedom, because we actually give them — they’re high awards for civilians, and he’s done amazing.’
The “amazing” things Nunes has done include, among the most prominent, the production of a misleading, suggestive memo outlining supposed abuses of power at the FBI. He claimed that authorities went out of bounds in ever starting a Trump-Russia investigation in the first place, since — allegedly — they concealed political aims in their investigative efforts.
There’s little to no evidence of that claim, though. The Trump-Russia investigation got underway in part after connections maintained by the Trump team to Russian interests came to light after the Kremlin’s attempts to meddle in the election did. These connections are real, and not “fake news,” and represent in some cases years of back-and-forth, all of which remains under scrutiny at present by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
No reality has stopped Nunes in his efforts, though. He’s carried on with his efforts to investigate the investigators after having stepped back from his committee’s main Trump-Russia investigation over conflict of interest concerns thanks to his cooperation with the White House. That investigation turned out to be an unsurprising sham, rushed to a conclusion without even garnering important testimony from a number of key witnesses.
Investigating the nation’s justice system has proven more acutely interesting to committee — and House — Republicans. Nunes has threatened to impeach key members of that justice system, like Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, for hesitating to turn over documents related to the start and behind-the-scenes continuation of the Trump-Russia investigation.
Some allies of his went so far as to file threatened articles of impeachment against Rosenstein, although they were eventually withdrawn and for now, he still has a job, despite recent rumors to the contrary.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller still has a job too, despite Trump’s reported best efforts to make that not be the case. His investigative efforts touch on everything from money laundering Trump’s business empire has been involved in to the very obstruction of justice Trump thinks Nunes should get a medal for. Trump can’t run forever.
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