The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee accused Republicans on Wednesday of stalling the confirmation of nominees for top legal jobs.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., speaking at the start of a committee meeting, expressed frustration that the Senate has not confirmed any nominees to the federal judiciary this year. In all, he said, there are 17 nominations that the Judiciary Committee has sent to the full Senate and that are still awaiting confirmation.

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