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'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 TrumpHarry Reid reacts to Boehner book excerpt: 'We didn't mince words' Man arrested for allegedly threatening to stab undercover Asian officer in NYC Trump says GOP will take White House in 2024 in prepared speech 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 SchiffHillicon Valley: Intel heads to resume threats hearing scrapped under Trump | New small business coalition to urge action on antitrust policy | Amazon backs corporate tax hike to pay for infrastructure Intel heads to resume worldwide threats hearing scrapped under Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Biden tasks Harris on border; news conference today MORE (D-Calif.), Cecily Strong as former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie YovanovitchMarie YovanovitchBlinken tells State Department staff 'I have your back' Trump has discussed possible pardons for three eldest children, Kushner: report Former Giuliani associates plead not guilty to new fraud charges MORE and Mikey Day as Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanSunday shows preview: Democrats eye two-part infrastructure push; Michigan coronavirus cases surge Cruz on Boehner: 'I wear with pride his drunken, bloviated scorn' DOJ probe into Gaetz involves cash payments to women: report 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 GiulianiGaetz hires legal counsel amid DOJ probe Georgia lieutenant governor: Giuliani election claims helped lead to new voting law Rep. Lee Zeldin announces bid for New York governor 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-CortezNew York City's suicide mission should alarm the entire nation Marjorie Taylor Greene rakes in over .2M in first quarter The strategy Biden needs to pass his infrastructure plan MORE (D-N.Y.), Beck Bennett as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHarry Reid reacts to Boehner book excerpt: 'We didn't mince words' Democrats see opportunity in GOP feud with business Biden resists calls to give hard-hit states more vaccines than others 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.