Alec Baldwin as President Trump and Will Ferrell as EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland on "SNL." Photo: Will Heath/NBC

Will Ferrell and Alec Baldwin returned to "Saturday Night Live" to take up the roles of EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland and President Trump in the cold open, which tackled the latest dramatic moments from the impeachment inquiry.

Highlights: In the sketch, Baldwin's Trump denies any quid pro quo took place with Ukraine, saying: "Any quid after that is on them. That’s how it works. .. Besides, I don’t know this Ambassador Sondland guy. That’s fake news."

  • Enter Ferrell's Sondland, who tells reporters: "Keep the quid pro quo on the low-low, got it. I want to go on the record and say you guys need to lay off my boy. Everybody loves his ass. Ukraine, Russia — They’ll do anything for this man. I know. I asked."
  • After the cold open, "SNL" moved on to perfectly skewer last Wednesday's Democratic presidential debate. Watch out for Woody Harrleson's star turn as former vice president Joe Biden, below.

The big picture: Ferrell was also hosting Saturday's "SNL" show — the fifth time he has done so. It's a feat that puts him in the "Five-Timers Club" alongside fellow stars such as Bill Murray, Tina Fey and Justin Timberlake, per the New York Times.

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20 Republican former U.S. attorneys endorse Biden, call Trump "a threat to the rule of law"

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Twenty Republican former U.S. Attorneys on Tuesday endorsed Joe Biden while saying that "President Trump's leadership is a threat to rule of law" in the U.S., the Washington Post reports.

What they're saying: In the letter, the former prosecutors criticize Trump's use of the Department of Justice, saying the president expects the DOJ to "to serve his personal and political interests."

  • "He has politicized the Justice Department, dictating its priorities along political lines and breaking down the barrier that prior administrations had maintained between political and prosecutorial decision-making," the letter says.
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Ted Cruz defends GOP's expected return to prioritizing national debt

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told "Axios on HBO" on Monday that he wishes reining in the national debt was a higher priority for President Trump.

Why it matters: Trump pledged during the 2016 campaign to reduce the national debt and eliminate it entirely within eight years, though he also deemed himself "the king of debt" and said there were some priorities that required spending. In the fiscal year that ended in September, the deficit reached a record $3.1 trillion.