Democrats on Saturday slammed what they described as a "Friday night document massacre" after the White House withheld more than 100,000 pages of Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh's records, citing presidential privilege.
In his letter, Burck defined the withheld documents as those that "reflect deliberations and candid advice concerning the selection of judicial candidates" as well as advice submitted directly to Bush, substantive communications between White House staff about discussions with the President and "substantive deliberative discussions relating to or about executive orders or legislation considered by the Executive Office".
The constitutional limits of executive power - including whether presidents must comply with federal subpoenas or if they can be called to testify or be indicted - have yet to be settled by the high court, making Kavanaugh's views on the matter a point of keen interest for Democrats.
"I think there are a handful of Democrats [that] will vote for Judge Kavanaugh if he does well, and maybe even more", he said. "Only one senator has taken him up on this offer, and the requested documents have since been publicly released at Grassley's request".
Interested in Supreme Court?On Meet the Press on Sunday, Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar said that she had seen documents that raise "some very interesting questions" about the nominee, but which she was not allowed to discuss because of restrictions imposed by Republicans.
Klobuchar argued that the documents stemming from Kavanaugh's time in the Bush White House could "strongly bolster the arguments that I could make" on whether the appellate court judge is qualified to serve on the Supreme Court.
"There is a serious question as to whether this president, given the opportunity, will end the Mueller investigation, something which most Republicans and the overwhelming majority of Americans say would be a serious mistake", Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin on ABC's "This Week" Sunday.
Sen. Ron Johnson makes an opening statement prior to hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on August 21, 2018.
Kavanaugh will be able to pass confirmation on a simple party-line vote.
Because of the razor-thin margin in the Senate, the focus is on the 10 Democrats running for re-election in 2018 in states that Trump won just two years ago. Joe Donnelly of IN and Sen.
The confirmation hearings for President Trump's nominee to be the next Supreme Court justice, Brett Kavanaugh, begin Tuesday, and Fox News Channel has can't-miss coverage.
There are also two Republican senators on the radar: Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME, both of whom are pro-choice.