McConnell Says Obama Trying To Influence Justices

Apr 5, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky.  -- U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell is accusing President Barack Obama of trying to influence an upcoming Supreme Court decision on the federal health care reform law.

The White House has struggled to explain Obama's remark Tuesday that a Supreme Court reversal of the case would be "unprecedented."

McConnell, in a speech to Lexington civic leaders on Thursday, accused Obama of trying to "publicly pressure the court into deciding a pending case in the way he wants it decided."

McConnell said he'll be disappointed if the health care reform law is upheld. But he said he'll respect the Supreme Court's independence and continue doing all he can to repeal the law through legislative channels.

McConnell called for the president to back off.