'Saturday Night Live' mocks key Trump aides over impeachment fears

"Saturday Night Live" took aim at a host of Trump administration officials and aides close to the president over how they are handling the House's formal impeachment inquiry. 

The latest episode began with a mock conversation between Vice President Pence, President TrumpDonald John TrumpWHCA calls on Trump to denounce video depicting him shooting media outlets Video of fake Trump shooting members of media shown at his Miami resort: report Trump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage MORE's personal attorney, Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiRand Paul calls for probe of Democrats over Ukraine letter Sunday shows — Officials rush to Trump's defense on Syria, sanctions Cruz: 'Of course' it's not appropriate to ask China to investigate Bidens MORE, and Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrBarr bemoans 'moral upheaval' that has brought 'suffering and misery' Trump threatens to sue Schiff and Pelosi Democratic lawmaker says Barr's reported meeting with Murdoch should be investigated MORE. It later featured an appearance from Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoReporter presses Pompeo on whether he met with Giuliani in Warsaw Pompeo: 'I wish the NBA would acknowledge' China's treatment of Uyghur Muslims Dem senator urges Pompeo to fire State official accused of retaliation, harassment MORE, played by celebrity guest Matthew Broderick. 

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Pence, played by Beck Bennett, opens the sketch by noting that the "impeachment farce is growing worse by the day."

"And it's all happening during my busy season, Halloween!" Giuliani, played by Kate McKinnon, responded. 

Barr, played by Aidy Bryant, then asks where the president is, prompting Bennett's Pence to say, "he has more important things to deal with."

"He's meeting with an alligator breeder about filling the moat at the border," he adds, referencing a New York Times report that said Trump called for creating a moat next to a wall along the southern border. 

"You should've told me, I know a couple gators from when I lived in the Central Park Zoo," McKinnon's Giuliani chimes in. 
 
The discussion later focuses on text message exchanges between several Trump aides that highlight the administration's effort to investigate 2020 presidential candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage Schiff: Whistleblower testimony might not be necessary Trump warns Democrats will lose House seats over impeachment MORE
 
“They totally exonerate us,” McKinnon argues, eventually leading Bryant's Barr to note what the messages said. 
 
Reading from a phone, Bryant said: “Well, this one says: 'I think we should stop texting about the crimes and maybe tell the crimes over the phone so that the crimes don’t leave little crime footprints.' ”
 
Pompeo, played by Broderick, then appears, at one point noting that "this whole impeachment thing could be really bad."
 
"Who told you that?" Bennett's Pence asked 
 
"Like, America," Broderick's Pompeo replied.
 
Later, in a nod to "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," Broderick remarks, "impeachment moves pretty fast, if you don't stop and look around you might miss it."
 
Trump is facing mounting scrutiny in wake of revelations about his efforts to pressure Ukraine to open an investigation into Biden and his son over unfounded allegations of corruption. The developments led House Democrats to announce a formal impeachment inquiry last month. 
 
Democrats have subpoenaed Giuliani and Pompeo amid their effort to investigate the administration's dealings with Ukraine. 
 
"Saturday Night Live" has taken aim at Trump and his top aides in back-to-back weeks amid the controversy. Last week, the show featured Alec Baldwin impersonating Trump as he scrambled to call a host of aides amid the inquiry.