Democrats navigate how to respond to Mueller report

The party remains divided over whether to pursue impeachment against President Trump.
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To the potential quagmire facing the Democrats as they try to navigate how to respond to the release of the redacted Mueller report. Will it divide the party over whether to pursue impeachment. ABC's Tara Palmeri is in west palm beach where the president is spending his holiday weekend. Good morning, Tara. Reporter: Good morning, Eva. The Democrats say the Mueller report gave them a road map for investigating the president but there's a debate over whether it's enough to start impeachment hearings. There's a real concern that if they're too focused on the president and not enough on policy, they'll face backlash at the polls in 2020. This morning, Democrats split on what to do next. House judiciary chair Jerry Nadler taking action, issuing a subpoena for the full unredacted report. Because Barr misled the country, we have to hear from Barr which we will on may 2nd. We have to hear from Mueller and ask him a lot of questions. We have to hold hearings and hear from other people. Reporter: House speaker Nancy Pelosi cautious, declaring that whatever comes next, the goal is the same. The congress of the united States will honor its oath of office to protect and defend the constitution of the united States. Reporter: Overnight, one top Democrat claiming she's seen enough. It's a point of principle and every member of the house and every member of the senate should be called on to vote. Do you believe that that constitutes an impeachable offense? I do believe that the evidence is just overwhelming. Reporter: On the campaign trail, 2020 candidates say they'd rather beat the president at the polls. I think we can solve this once and for all in November of 2020. The best thing we can do is defeat it decisively at the ballot box in 2020. Reporter: But members of the trump administration are still claiming that the report exonerates the president. White house spokesperson hogan Gidley telling Fox News -- They wanted a conviction. They wanted a smoking gun. If Bob Mueller, special counsel, had anything on the president, he would have indicted. Reporter: Even though most Republicans have been silent, senator Mitt Romney released a statement saying, quote, I am sickened at the extent of pervasiveness and dishonesty and misdirection by individuals in the highest office of the land, including the president. Democrats are expected to hold a call on Monday on next steps forward. How judiciary chair Jerry Nadler said he wants bill Barr to testify before his committee in the next few weeks and he wants to interview Robert Mueller by may 23rd. Dan. Still no word on whether Mueller himself will testify. Thank you very much, Tara. So much to talk about so let's bring in ABC news chief political analyst Matthew dowd who's beaming in from Texas. You were once a political adviser for national figures including former president George W. Bush. Let me get you to put that adviser hat back on. What would you advise the Democrats about the road forward here? Should they impeach or not? I think Nancy Pelosi has this right much more than the Republicans did when they impeached Bill Clinton in 1998. When you look at the history of impeachment in the united States, the only time it's successful as we saw with Richard Nixon and the road to impeachment with Richard Nixon is when it's bipartisan. My advice for the Democrats would be, conduct the investigations, go as deep as you possibly can, expose everything that's been going on with this administration and this president but maybe the best step that congress could do is censure the president. There's only been one president censured in our country's history in 240 years and that was Andrew Jackson in 1834. I think keep the investigations going but maybe the step to really take in this time in this division is to censure the president. Even if they're running these investigations all the time, doesn't that take their eyes off of what many people consider to be the real ball here which is policy issues including health care? I think the Democrats can walk and chew gum at the same time. I would hope they could do that and I hope there's a number of committees that are supposed to be doing investigations and supposed to be holding oversight that they can do while other committees do the work of policy. The Democrats have passed a number of bills this year that have languish in the senate. I think they can do both simultaneously. I would hope that congress people can look at themselves and say I can talk about policy and I can investigate and hold oversight of the administration. Let me get you to switch sides for a second here. What would you advise president trump? Overnight he said on Twitter that he wants to -- I think he used the words turn the tables and investigate the officials who initiated the Russia probe. There are a lot of questions about the start of this probe. Would that kind of investigation be a smart move for him? No, I don't think that would be a smart move for him because I think that's just another example of extending this thing and making it look political. I have tried to give the president advice over the airways and what I think would be in the best interest of not only himself politically but the country and I think that would be trying to bring the country together, healing the country, appealing to more than just his base, more than just a third of the country that strongly sponsor things like infrastructure. Reach a compromise on immigration. Do those things and move past this retribution that he seems to fall into which is if they were bad to me, I'm going to be bad to them. I think if he made the step to encourage the attorney general to investigate the Democrats or investigate Hillary Clinton or whatever he's going to do, it's going to be another step towards division which I think the main thing that we will debate in 2020 is who's the best candidate that can bring the country together. Matthew dowd, really appreciate your analysis on a Saturday morning. Have a great rest of your day.

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