'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 TrumpCuomo grilled by brother about running for president: 'No. no' Maxine Waters unleashes over Trump COVID-19 response: 'Stop congratulating yourself! You're a failure' Meadows resigns from Congress, heads to White House 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 SchiffCoronavirus pushes GOP's Biden-Burisma probe to back burner Texas man arrested for allegedly threatening Democrats over coronavirus bill Schiff: Remote voting would not compromise national security MORE (D-Calif.), Cecily Strong as former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie YovanovitchMarie YovanovitchAmerica's diplomats deserve our respect House panel says key witness isn't cooperating in probe into Yovanovitch surveillance President Trump's assault on checks and balances: Five acts in four weeks MORE and Mikey Day as Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanTrump, privacy hawks upend surveillance brawl Top GOP post on Oversight draws stiff competition McConnell, top GOP senators throw support behind surveillance deal as deadline looms 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 GiulianiHillicon Valley: FCC chief proposes 0M telehealth program | Twitter takes down posts promoting anti-malaria drugs for coronavirus| Whole Foods workers plan Tuesday strike 12 things to know today about coronavirus Twitter takes down posts promoting anti-malaria treatment for coronavirus 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-CortezOvernight Energy: Court upholds Trump repeal of Obama fracking rule | Oil price drop threatens fracking boom | EPA eases rules on gasoline sales amid coronavirus Ocasio-Cortez blasts coronavirus stimulus package as 'shameful' on House floor Oil price drop threatens US fracking boom MORE (D-N.Y.), Beck Bennett as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Campaign Report: Trump, Biden spar over coronavirus response Senator Tom Coburn's government oversight legacy Schumer praises choice of Defense inspector general to oversee corporate lending fund 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.