The award is the nation’s highest civilian honor. Nunes, 47, as the former chairman and the current ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, fought to uncover the origins of the Russian collusion hoax.

Nunes exposed that the “pee dossier” that falsely alleged a broad and longtime conspiracy between Trump and his campaign staff and Russia was in fact paid for by Hillary Clinton’s campaign as well as the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

That revelation, as well as his investigation into Democrats’ allegations of collusion, led to the eventual unraveling of the Russia collusion hoax and discrediting of its main backers, including Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA).

Nunes also played a major role in investigating the unmasking of Trump campaign aides and fighting Democrats’ impeachment of Trump.

He delivered a scorching opening statement at the opening of the House impeachment hearing:

Nunes was fiercely attacked by Democrats, Never Trumpers, and members of the media throughout the Russia collusion and impeachment investigations. Progressive groups filed ethics complaints against him, temporarily sidelining him as chairman. Nunes was later cleared of any wrongdoing.

Nunes has also fought against Big Tech censorship of conservatives and has sued Twitter and news outlets for defamation. He has become a staunch advocate of using alternate social media websites to Google, YouTube, and Twitter.