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 Levon RichmondCongress struggles on rules for cyber warfare with Iran Election security, ransomware dominate cyber concerns for 2020 Trump nominates DHS senior cyber director MORE (D-La.) watching golf during the marathon 14-hour markup in which lawmakers debated the two articles of impeachment against President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's newest Russia adviser, Andrew Peek, leaves post: report Hawley expects McConnell's final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Trump rips New York City sea wall: 'Costly, foolish' and 'environmentally unfriendly idea' 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 McDanielWalsh plans protest at RNC headquarters over 'nakedly anti-Democratic' primary cancellations Trump campaign, RNC raise 4M in fourth quarter of 2019 RNC chairwoman slams NYT opinion piece declaring GOP women 'on the brink of extinction' 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.