One progressive advocacy group, CREDO, specifically bashed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for slowing down the process. While Republicans controlled the Senate as well at the time, a two thirds majority of Senators is required to remove a president from office after they are convicted by the House.
Still, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler has said that the committee will move forward with impeachment hearings this fall, bolstered by lawmakers on the panel who roundly support moving forward.
As she returned to the Capitol after a six-week recess, Pelosi on Monday declined to discuss her latest thinking on impeachment, telling ABC News she was heading into a meeting to discuss the matter.
The first hearing under the new impeachment rules would be with Corey Lewandowski on September 17, the panel also announced Monday.
For much of the year, the House Judiciary Committee has focused on former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, including episodes of Trump behavior that Democrats say provide evidence that the president obstructed justice by trying to impede the special counsel's probe.
Those interviews, however, were marked by repeated objections from White House attorneys that limited the scope of what the witnesses were able to tell the committee. Rob Porter, the former White House staff secretary, and Rick Dearborn, a former White House deputy chief of staff, were subpoenaed to appear before the same hearing.
In a committee release on Monday, Nadler said the adoption of the procedures "will help ensure our impeachment hearings are informative to Congress and the public, while providing the President with the ability to respond to evidence presented against him".
Nadler's new rules, which are expected to be passed by the committee on Thursday, will govern how witnesses will be called and questioned and how Trump's lawyers will be involved. A vote on the resolution would mark the first formal vote as part of the Judiciary Committee's impeachment investigation.
The procedural vote comes as the panel broadens its impeachment probe beyond Mueller's report, which has consumed most of the committee's energy since it was released in April. During the 1970s Watergate scandal and the Lewinsky saga of the 1990s, the House Judiciary Committee took similar steps towards defining the procedures it would use in examining whether to impeach the president.
Trump and some of his fellow Republicans have questioned whether it represented a conflict of interest that Hunter Biden, the son of Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden, a presidential candidate, had served on the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian gas company.
It also stipulates that the president's legal team may review and respond to some of the materials.