In the past, impeachment proceedings went through the Judiciary Committee. Now we have the Democrats in the House discarding this process, insisting on keeping the public in the dark by working through the House Intelligence Committee. This would seem an obvious choice if abuse of the system to cover up any wrongdoing were the aim.

The Wall Street Journal columnist Kim Strassel claims the Democrats are intentionally going this route to avoid scrutiny of their claims.

“I think the reason they are doing it through House Intelligence is so that they can keep everything secret, keep this whistleblower identity secret and the nature of some of the claims,” she said Sunday, Oct. 13 on The Journal Editorial Report.

“But that’s not very encouraging to the public,” said Strassel. “I think the other thing they’re doing is not holding a formal vote to have an impeachment inquiry and setting out the rules—they’ve been denying Republicans the right to take part in some of this. These are all at variance with what past probes have done.”

L: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) after speaking on Capitol Hill on Jan. 8, 2019. (AP Photo). R: President Donald Trump. (Trump Campaign Photo).

The Democrats are not allowing the White House to take part in the impeachment process, and are ignoring standard decorum and precedents set in the past.

“The House is not following the usual procedures, not allowing the White House to take part in things like asking witnesses questions or cross-examining them or calling them,” she said.

“Since impeachment is a political tool, the goal of it is to convince the public that you are doing things in a fair and just manner, and they’re certainly not, because they’re not abiding by any of the past courtesies or standards that impeachment probes use.”

President Trump is insisting the whistleblower who made the complaint against him over his July 25 phone conversation with Ukrainian President Zelensky must be identified and made to testify. The request from the president came a day after House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif) had a change of mind.

Schiff, who had previously said the testimony from the whistleblower would be heard, has now decided the whistleblower’s testimony might not be needed.

The whistleblower’s complaint is at the heart of the whole impeachment issue.

Adam Schiff now doesn’t seem to want the Whistleblower to testify. NO! Must testify to explain why he got my Ukraine conversation sooo wrong, not even close. Did Schiff tell him to do that? We must determine the Whistleblower’s identity to determine WHY this was done to the USA. said the president in a tweet.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), speaks with reporters after his committee voted in a closed session to send more than 50 interview transcripts from its now-closed Russia investigation to special counsel Robert Mueller, on Capitol Hill in Washington Feb. 6, 2019. (AP)

Without any quid pro quo to hold against the president, the Democrat’s case against the president is crumbling.

“Democrats’ game was foiled when we caught Schiff fraudulently making up my Ukraine conversation, when I released the exact conversation Transcript, and when Ukrainian President and the Foreign Minister said there was NO PRESSURE, very normal talk! A total Impeachment Scam!” the president wrote.

….Democrat’s game was foiled when we caught Schiff fraudulently making up my Ukraine conversation, when I released the exact conversation Transcript, and when Ukrainian President and the Foreign Minister said there was NO PRESSURE, very normal talk! A total Impeachment Scam!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 14, 2019