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Hypocrisy on the Hill: Republicans testify while Democrats delay, deny

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Susan Rice, President Obama's national security adviser and ambassador to the United Nations, initially reportedly refused to testify, then delayed her testimony. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

In the dictionary, "hypocrisy" is defined as "the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one's own behavior does not conform." It is also described as pretense or false virtue.

In the real world, it is defined as behaving like a Democrat.

That point is being proven this week as Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and other Republicans are dragged through the mud and paraded through "the swamp" while some Democrats are allowed to avoid testifying altogether.

Glenn Simpson, co-founder of Democratic opposition research firm Fusion GPS, refused to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week regarding what he knows about last summer's meeting involving the Trump family and a Russian lawyer. In fact, he now threatens that if called to testify he will invoke the Fifth Amendment.

In another example of justice delayed, Susan Rice, President Obama's national security adviser and ambassador to the United Nations, initially reportedly refused to testify, then delayed her testimony. It has now been revealed that she "quietly met behind closed doors Friday with Senate intelligence committee investigators." (Note that "quietly" was never an accommodation afforded to Kushner, nor Trump Jr.)

A woman thought to be at the center of the Democrats' "unmasking" scandal against Americans, Obama's United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power has also been wrangling with lawyers. She is expected to eventually testify, though no one can pinpoint if it will occur before the August recess or sometime later in the fall. (Hey, no rush.)

What's good for the GOP isn't always good for the gander. As Republicans have been willing to come forward and testify, Democrats continue to drag their feet.

Why the double standard?

It's how the Democratic playbook works in the "Russian collusion delusion."

Democrats are the party whose own consultant met with a Soviet-bloc government in an attempt to take down a political opponent, yet they're going after the president's family for a lesser offense (albeit a senseless one) that involved a 20-minute meeting after which no action was taken.

Democrats are the party that stood idly by as former President Bill Clinton gave a speech at the behest of a Russian bank for $500,000 while Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sided with Russia on sanctions against the country on human rights abuses. Sure, no collusion or even a hint of impropriety there -- even though according to emails uncovered by Wikileaks, her own campaign was worried about the connection.

Democrats are the party that watched as Hillary Clinton also aided and abetted the Russian government to obtain one-fifth of the United States' uranium supply as Uranium One's chairman funneled a whopping $2.3 million to the Clinton Foundation.

And yes, it's the same party that still heralds the Clinton Foundation even though it was exposed numerous times for running a pay-for-play system out of the State Department to curry favor for donors — including foreign donors who may have paid for Chelsea Clinton's wedding. But hey, we don't see members of the special counsel's office digging through Clinton's shoeboxes for wedding dress receipts.

Lastly, a new FBI document dump reveals that during last year's email investigation, after delaying as long as they could, Hillary Clinton's team handed over Blackberry phones that were missing SIM cards or Secure Digital (SD) cards. Not since Vince Foster's death have we been reminded so acutely that Washington is a dangerous town for hard drives.

Meanwhile, lawyers on a government-sponsored fishing expedition continue to comb through the emails, finances, and other information voluntarily provided by Trump Jr. and Kushner, while tens of thousands of Clinton's emails have already died and gone to BleachBit heaven.

Fair? Hardly.

Democrats' hypocrisy on the Hill exemplifies that they are the worst kind of swamp creatures — ones who push others into the mud, then pretend they've never treaded in it themselves.

Jennifer Kerns (@JenKernsUSA) is a contributor to the Washington Examiner's Beltway Confidential blog. A GOP communications strategist, she served as spokeswoman for the California Republican Party, recalls in Colorado, and California's Prop. 8. Previously, she served as a writer for the 2016 U.S. presidential debates for Fox News.

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