First of all, the impeachment process is given to the House, not the Speaker. Therefore the impeachment inquiry prior to the formal vote was improper. The inquiry is supposed to be done by the Judiciary committee, not the Intelligence committee, which would have provided more due process for the Republicans.
In prior impeachment inquiries, both sides met and agreed to the process, this did not happen this time. During the secretive meetings, the Republicans will continue to be limited in its rights. During the open process, in past impeachments, both sides have the right to subpoena and question witnesses. In this process, the Republicans are not guaranteed these rights and are not given the same procedural rights as with previous impeachment inquiries.
There is also no guarantee that previous transcripts and information from the secret hearings would be made fully available to the public The resolution empowers Schiff to disclose information but it is up to the discretion of Schiff of what will be made available. Why should anyone trust Schiff when he has lied about meeting with the whistleblower and made up the conversation between Trump and Zelensky?
Tom, the process you just described above is almost exactly the process used for Clinton. The Dems had the right to subpoena witnesses but only with the agreement of the Republican committee chair, just like now, in reverse. No guarantees then, none now. And while in previous impeachments both sides met and "agreed", the dominant party still controlled the process, just like today. In any case, do you really think the Republicans would have agreed to anything that facilitated an impeachment process? Really??!! The Republicans have been questioning the witnesses in the hearings to date and will no doubt do so in the open hearings to come. As for the hearings being "secretive", again, the reason for this has been explained and it is exactly what happened in previous impeachment processes.
And what difference does it make which committees undertake the hearings? As it happens there are currently three doing so, combined they include 48 Republicans? If you are making a technical point, fine, but your original point was that the Dems were making a mockery of the process. If that's all you got it's a pretty thin argument.
As for Schiff lying and making stuff up, well, given the daily dozen lies Trump tells, it's hard to get too worked up about that. Especially now that several witnesses, highly respected career public servants all, several personally recruited by Pompeo, including a Purple Heart winner have testified that key information was left out of the so-called "perfect transcript, every comma, etc. etc." which proves the infamous quid pro quo,
I'm surprised and disappointed that someone like you, whose posts here. as I said above, I appreciate and respect, would get so worked up about the points you are making about the process when it is clear to everyone not a Republican that Trump endangered not just Ukraine's security but America's as well by further empowering Russia and Putin by holding back sales of military equipment. And, of course, breaching his oath to uphold the constitution by putting his personal interests ahead of the country's.