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‘Saturday Night Live:’ Kate McKinnon depicts Jeff Sessions as Forrest Gump


March 5 (UPI) — Saturday Night Live regular Kate McKinnon reprised her impression of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions this weekend, but put a new spin on it by depicting him as fictional character Forrest Gump.

Tom Hanks won his second Oscar for playing the titular hero — who, like Sessions, hails from Alabama — in 1994’s Forrest Gump. The film follows the kind-hearted Gump as he lives an extraordinary life, despite below-average intelligence.

McKinnon’s Sessions-as-Gump is seen dressed in what looks like Gump’s signature suit from the movie. He is sitting on a bus-stop bench, holding a box of chocolates and talking to various strangers who sit beside him.

“I was on the cover of The New York Times. You want to see?” Sessions asks one man.

“This says you might have committed perjury,” the guy replies.

“Yeah, I had a bad week,” Sessions admits. “It started out real good. President made a great speech. Folks were thrilled on account it was real words in a whole row for an hour. We were all as happy as a monkey with a peanut machine. Then, I went to bed. I got 800 messages and phone alerts saying I was a sneaky, little liar. I didn’t know what to do, so my lawyer said, ‘Run, Jeff, run!’ And I started running and running. I ended up all the way sitting in this bus stop with you.”

He then confesses to another bench-dweller that he did, indeed, speak to the Russians, as he has been accused.

The next person to sit beside him is shirtless, Russian President Vladimir Putin, played by Beck Bennett.

“This meeting never happened,” Putin tells Sessions.

“I wasn’t going to remember it anyway,” Sessions says as they fist bump and Putin gets on a bus.

The sketch closes with an appearance by Oscar-winning actress and SNL guest host Octavia Spencer who reprises her housekeeper character Minnie from The Help and presents Sessions with a feces-filled pie, which he promptly starts eating.

Also appearing in the sketch are Leslie Jones, Kyle Mooney and Aidy Bryant.

Sessions Thursday announced he will not participate in any federal investigation into allegations the Russian government interceded in November’s presidential election.

The attorney general’s decision followed news reports Wednesday revealing at least two meetings between him and Russian ambassador Sergey I. Kislyak during the summer while he was a U.S. senator and Donald Trump‘s campaign adviser.

Under oath at his confirmation hearings in January, Sessions did not disclose the meetings — and further testified that he “did not have communications with the Russians.” When asked whether he had been in contact with anyone connected to Moscow’s government, Sessions said simply, “No.”

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