Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said Thursday that he believes Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) should be among the GOP lawmakers given a role on President Trump‘s impeachment defense team.

Meadows, appearing on “War Room: Impeachment,” told former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon that it was “imperative” the president’s defense team include individuals with an intimate knowledge of the witness testimony and other evidence from the House impeachment process.

“If I had to pick a team, I would say you get in Jim Jordan [R-Ohio]. You get in a Matt Gaetz. You put your ‘A Team’ — a John Ratcliffe [R-Texas],” Meadows said.

Meadows, who is not seeking reelection, also did not rule out the possibility of playing some role himself in Trump’s defense strategy. But he was particularly supportive of Gaetz, a firebrand Republican and Trump defender who produced a number of viral moments in the impeachment proceedings.

“He had one of the greatest performances in the Judiciary, and I say performances because he brought the truth,” Meadows said.

“Listen, everybody wants to have their day in the sunshine,” Meadows continued. “This is not a time to play politics, this is a time to put your best team on there and I think Matt Gaetz would be one of them.”

The House voted last month to impeach Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. No Republicans voted for either article.

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