'Saturday Night Live' presents Trump impeachment hearings with 'pizzazz' of soap opera

NBC's "Saturday Night Live" parodied the first week of the House's public impeachment hearings by presenting it as a soap opera in the vein of "Days of Our Lives." 

In an apparent jab at observers who felt the hearings regarding President TrumpDonald John Trump Trump responds to calls to tear down monuments with creation of 'National Garden' of statues Trump: Children are taught in school to 'hate their own country' Trump accuses those tearing down statues of wanting to 'overthrow the American Revolution' MORE's dealings with Ukraine were "boring" and lacked "pizzazz," "Saturday Night Live" opened the skit by introducing "Days of Our Impeachment," a show in which the "only thing at stake is democracy."  

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The segment then transitions to a reimagined impeachment hearing featuring Alex Moffat as House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffDemocrats hit Trump for handling of Russian bounty allegations after White House briefing Voters must strongly reject the president's abuses by voting him out this November Democrats face tough questions with Bolton MORE (D-Calif.), Cecily Strong as former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie YovanovitchMarie YovanovitchCheney clashes with Trump Voters must strongly reject the president's abuses by voting him out this November Bolton book puts spotlight on Pompeo-Trump relationship MORE and Mikey Day as Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanGOP-Trump fractures on masks open up Democrats start cracking down on masks for lawmakers Comer tapped to serve as top Republican on House Oversight MORE (R-Ohio). Actor Jon Hamm later makes an appearance as William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine. 

"I'm only here today because I was the target of a smear campaign by President Trump and Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiOusted Manhattan US Attorney Berman to testify before House next week Sunday shows preview: With coronavirus cases surging, lawmakers and health officials weigh in Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill banning federal government use of facial recognition tech | House lawmakers roll out legislation to establish national cyber director | Top federal IT official to step down MORE that left me publicly humiliated and without a job," Strong's Yovanovitch says to open the hearing, prompting Day's Jordan to argue that "this witness is clearly here because she loves attention." 

"Oh, yeah," Strong's Yovanovitch replies. "I love the glamour and the spotlight. That's why I spent my career in Ukraine and Somalia." 

The interaction gives way to Moffat's Schiff announcing that the president has sent a tweet, referencing tweets Trump sent attacking Yovanovitch during Friday's hearing. 

"The president just sent a tweet," Moffat's Schiff says, prompting dramatic background music. In response, Heidi Gardner, playing an audience member, gasps before fainting, a stunt that she would mimic throughout the skit. 

After Moffat's Schiff declares that Trump is intimidating a witness, Day's Jordan dismisses the charge, saying that if the "president wanted to intimidate you, he'd shoot you in the face in the middle of Fifth Avenue."

Asked by Strong's Yovanovitch if he would impeach Trump if that were to occur, Day's Jordan replies, "I'd have to look at the facts, but no."

Hamm's Taylor then appears at the hearing, stating upon his entrance, "Unlike other people in the Trump administration, I show up."

The skit later includes appearances from Kate McKinnon as Rudy Giuliani, Pete Davidson as lawyer Michael Avenatti, Melissa Villaseñor as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezDemocratic strategist Andrew Feldman says Biden is moving left Hispanic Caucus asks Trump to rescind invitation to Mexican president Nadler wins Democratic primary MORE (D-N.Y.), Beck Bennett as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPublic awareness campaigns will protect the public during COVID-19 Democrats: A moment in history, use it wisely 'Comrade' Trump gets 'endorsement' from Putin in new mock ad by Lincoln Project MORE (R-Ky.) and Kenan Thompson as Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett. Referencing an incident that led to Garrett's indefinite suspension, Thompson at one point swings a helmet at McKinnon's Giuliani. 

Hamm's Taylor and Villaseñor's Ocasio-Cortez are featured in a romantic interaction after the fictional New York lawmaker arrives at the hearing. 

"Alexandria, I didn't expect to see you here," Hamm's Taylor says as wind blows Villaseñor's hair. 

"And I didn't expect for you to be such a low-key daddy," Villasenor's Ocasio-Cortez replies. "Now, here's a Red New Deal. It's my lips."
 
The nearly eight-minute segment came following a week in which the House's impeachment inquiry into Trump entered its public phase. The House Intelligence Committee heard public depositions from Taylor, Yovanovitch and George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs.