Republicans knock Dem after video appears to show him watching golf at impeachment hearing

Republican National Committee (RNC) officials called out a Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee who appeared to be watching golf on his laptop during Thursday's impeachment hearing.

Steve Guest, the RNC's rapid response director, shared a video Thursday night that he said shows Rep. Cedric RichmondCedric RichmondThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Questions on Biden agenda; unemployment benefits to end Sunday shows - Biden domestic agenda, Texas abortion law dominate Biden adviser: 'Full steam ahead' on .5T package despite Manchin warning MORE (D-La.) watching golf during the marathon 14-hour markup in which lawmakers debated the two articles of impeachment against President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump takes shot at new GOP candidate in Ohio over Cleveland nickname GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE.

“What on earth is Democrat Rep. Cedric Richmond watching on his laptop during this impeachment markup? To me, it looks like Rep. Richmond is watching the President’s Cup golf tournament. Richmond’s actions are a DISGRACE,” Guest tweeted.


The video he shared was from approximately 9 p.m., according to the CNN clip of the markup.


Guest later tweeted a zoomed-in video, in which a game of golf appears to be playing on the laptop in front of Richmond.


The President’s Cup golf tournament began Dec. 7 and continues through Sunday.

Richmond’s office did not respond to requests for comment.

Other Republican officials blasted Richmond over the video.

“Democrats on Nadler's Committee are so 'solemn' and 'prayerful' about impeachment that they're watching golf at the hearing,” GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDanielRonna Romney McDanielGOP seeks Biden referendum over vaccine mandates RNC vows to sue over Biden vaccine, testing mandate H.R. 4 carries forward the legacy of Congressman John Lewis MORE tweeted Thursday. “This partisan sham has been an absolute waste of the American people's time.”

The House Judiciary Committee voted Friday morning to approve two articles of impeachment against  Trump, setting up a floor vote for next week.

Updated at 4:29 p.m.