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Sen. John Kennedy says he'll vote his conscience on Trump judges even if he's put on 'double secret probation'

Sen. John Kennedy says he'll vote his conscience on Trump judges even if he's put on 'double secret probation'

Republican Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana said Thursday he will vote his conscience on President Trump's judicial nominees even if it means he gets put on "double secret probation."

"I think we’re all going to vote our conscience, I know I am," Kennedy said during Thursday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

Kennedy on Thursday voted to advance three federal appeals court nominees, who survived the committee vote and are pending before the full Senate.

After voting against one federal appeals court nominee in a full Senate vote, publicly opposing another federal judicial nominee, and slowing Kyle Duncan's nomination to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans last month, Kennedy reversed course.

Kennedy announced his decision to support Duncan's nomination as pressure mounted from influential conservatives, such as Family Research Council President Tony Perkins and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry.

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