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Former President Bill Clinton said it is "superficially hypocritical" for President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans to push to put a new justice on the Supreme Court before the November election, Devan Cole, Kaitlan Collins and Maeve Reston reported for CNN.

"Well, of course, it's superficially hypocritical call, isn't it? I mean, (Senate Majority Leader) Mitch McConnell wouldn't give President (Barack) Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland, a hearing 10 months before the presidential election. And that meant we went a long time with eight judges on the court," Clinton told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union."

"This is what they do. I think that, you know, both for Sen. McConnell and President Trump, their first value is power and they're trying to jam the courts with as many ideological judges as they can," Clinton, a Democrat, added. Trump and McConnell have said they want to quickly approve a new justice to fill the vacancy left by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday at the age of 87. Many conservatives see the vacancy as an opportunity to fortify their majority on the nation's highest court, as Republican and Democratic congressional leaders brace for a showdown over the timing and speed of the nomination process in Washington. Clinton appointed Ginsburg, a liberal icon, to the court in 1993.

As the Senate braces for the fight over Ginsburg's former seat, Democrats have blasted McConnell for blocking a vote on Garland in 2016 to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, even though then-President Barack Obama had nominated him in March of that year -- months before the presidential election.

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