Baldwin kicks off new 'Saturday Night Live' season by mocking Trump over impeachment

Comedian Alec Baldwin kicked off the latest season of NBC's “Saturday Night Live” by mocking President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff pleads to Senate GOP: 'Right matters. And the truth matters.' Anita Hill to Iowa crowd: 'Statute of limitations' for Biden apology is 'up' Sen. Van Hollen releases documents from GAO investigation MORE over the House Democrats’ move to launch a formal impeachment inquiry.

Impersonating Trump from the Oval Office, Baldwin opened the show by frantically calling a range of characters close to the president to address the controversy involving his interactions with Ukraine and the new impeachment effort.


Baldwin launched into a tirade after dialing his personal attorney, Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiSchiff pleads to Senate GOP: 'Right matters. And the truth matters.' Schiff tells Senate Ukraine interference conspiracy was 'brought to you by the Kremlin' The Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' MORE, who was being played by Kate McKinnon, saying "I'm being impeached, it's the greatest presidential harassment of all time." 

"I would know. I'm like the president of harassment," Baldwin says to Giuliani.

"You got to relax, Mr. Trump. We got nothing to worry about. Nobody is going to find out about our illegal side dealings with the Ukraine, or how we tried to cover up those side dealings, or how we planned to cover up the cover-up," McKinnon says, prompting Baldwin to repeatedly chime in, "great." 

Baldwin's Trump then goes on to ask McKinnon's Giuliani, "where are you right now?"

"I'm on CNN right now," she responds, an apparent reference to Giuliani's frequent presence on news networks. 

"Get out of there, and whatever you do, stay off the phone," Baldwin's Trump says, before taking phone calls from several other officials, including Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham Barr DOJ says surveillance of Trump campaign adviser Page lacked evidence Senators press DHS over visa approval for Pensacola naval base shooter Democrats sharpen case on second day of arguments MORE

Barr, who was played by Aidy Bryant, talks with Baldwin's Trump about finding someone to take the fall for his interactions with the leader of Ukraine. 

"Where are you going to find a sacrificial patsy that will do anything you say? Not it," Bryant's Barr says at one point, prompting Baldwin's Trump to call Vice President Pence, played by Beck Bennett. 

Trump later makes phone calls to North Korean leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnNorth Korea replaces its foreign minister: report Brent Budowsky: The patriotic duty of Senate Republicans US ambassador: 'I was personally surprised' North Korea did not send 'Christmas gift' MORE, played by new cast member Bowen Yang, Kanye WestKanye Omari WestOvernight Energy: Greens sue over chemical safety rollback | EPA finalizes ethanol rule in face of opposition | House Dems detail environmental priorities for next year Kanye to join Joel Osteen on tour at Yankee Stadium: report A$AP Rocky blocked from performing in Swedish prison where he was held MORE, played by Chris Redd and Don King, played by Kenan Thompson. 

He also calls Liev Schreiber, star of the Showtime series, "Ray Donovan."

"Is this Ray Donovan, the fixer, the guy who takes care of stuff?" Baldwin's Trump says, prompting Schreiber to respond that Ray Donovan is a fictional character. 

The segment from "Saturday Night Live" arrived as Trump faces mounting scrutiny over revelations from a whistle-blower complaint regarding his interactions with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The developments led Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats hammer abuse of power charge, allege Trump put self over country Overnight Energy: Trump issues rule replacing Obama-era waterway protections | Pelosi slams new rule as 'an outrageous assault' | Trump water policy exposes sharp divides Pelosi slams Trump administration's new water rule: 'An outrageous assault' MORE (D-Calif.) to announce a formal impeachment inquiry last Tuesday. 

The complaint accuses Trump of seeking to pressure Ukraine into investigating 2020 presidential candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenSchiff pleads to Senate GOP: 'Right matters. And the truth matters.' Anita Hill to Iowa crowd: 'Statute of limitations' for Biden apology is 'up' Sen. Van Hollen releases documents from GAO investigation MORE and his son Hunter. A White House memo of a July 25 phone call between the leaders confirms that Trump asked Zelensky to work with Giuliani and Barr to open a probe into the Bidens.