“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 Trump‘s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, and Attorney General William Barr. It later featured an appearance from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, played by celebrity guest Matthew Broderick.
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 Biden
“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.