Trump calls New York City 'hellhole' after court upholds subpoena from city prosecutors

President TrumpDonald TrumpMeghan McCain: Democrats 'should give a little credit' to Trump for COVID-19 vaccine Trump testing czar warns lockdowns may be on table if people don't get vaccinated Overnight Health Care: CDC details Massachusetts outbreak that sparked mask update | White House says national vaccine mandate 'not under consideration at this time' MORE on Thursday derided New York City as a "hellhole" as he complained about a Supreme Court ruling that upheld the Manhattan district attorney's subpoena to obtain his tax returns.

"This is purely political. I win at the federal level and we won very decisively and so they send it to New York," Trump said of the pursuit of his financial records, which he has shielded from public view.

"You know what’s going on in New York," he continued. "Everyone’s leaving. It’s turned out to be a hellhole, and they better do something about it because people are leaving New York. But this is a political witch hunt that just continues."

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The Supreme Court in a 7-2 decision on Thursday morning sided with New York state prosecutors seeking eight years of Trump’s financial documents, including his personal and corporate tax returns.

The court, in a separate ruling, declined to grant Congress access to records subpoenaed by a trio of Democratic-led House committees. The two rulings still make it unlikely Trump's tax returns will be made public prior to the 2020 election.

Trump has refused to release his tax returns, breaking with decades of precedent set among presidential candidates. He has repeatedly claimed since his 2016 campaign that his taxes are under audit, an assertion the White House maintained on Thursday.

The IRS has stated that this does not prohibit the president from making the documents public. 

The New York case arose after Cyrus Vance Jr., the Democratic district attorney for Manhattan, obtained a grand jury subpoena for Trump’s accounting firm, Mazars USA. Vance's office is looking into payments made to silence two women who allege they had affairs with Trump, including adult-film star Stormy Daniels, before he became president.

Trump has denied any wrongdoing and his private attorneys filed multiple lawsuits to prevent Mazars and two additional third-party financial institutions — Deutsche Bank and Capital One — from disclosing Trump’s financial records.

The president himself was born in Queens, N.Y., and is a lifelong New York City resident, though he changed his legal address to Florida last year. He has openly feuded with Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioBiden rolls dice by getting more aggressive on vaccines The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden sets new vaccine mandate as COVID-19 cases surge On The Money: Biden asks Congress to extend eviction ban with days until expiration | Economic growth rose to 6.5 percent annual rate in second quarter MORE (D) throughout his time in office, while he has met with Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoUniversity of Michigan says all students, faculty, staff must be vaccinated by fall term Cuomo signs legislation making baseball the official sport of New York CNN's Cuomo tells restaurant owner: 'You sound like an idiot' for denying service to vaccinated customers MORE (D) multiple times in recent months amid the coronavirus pandemic.