McCarthy calls NY requests for Trump tax returns political

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyDemocratic caucus chairs call for Boebert committee assignment removal War of words escalates in House The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden talks up bright side beneath omicron's cloud MORE (R-Calif.) said the New York district attorney’s subpoena for President TrumpDonald TrumpBaldwin calls Trump criticism following 'Rust' shooting 'surreal' Haley hits the stump in South Carolina Mary Trump files to dismiss Trump's lawsuit over NYT tax story MORE’s tax returns is politically motivated after the Supreme Court ruled Trump cannot prevent Manhattan prosecutors from obtaining his financial records. 

McCarthy didn't offer an opinion on the 7-2 ruling by the Supreme Court, but sought to defend Trump.

“It seems to me the New York district attorney and others that have tried for it — it seems much more political than anything else," he said.


McCarthy's comments echoed Trump, who blasted the ruling as “political prosecution.”

In a pair of 7-2 rulings, the court upheld a Manhattan district attorney subpoena for eight years of Trump’s financial documents, including his personal and corporate tax returns, but declined to grant Congress access to records subpoenaed by a trio of Democratic-led House committees.

Top Democrats have been highly critical of Trump’s decision not to release his tax returns, accusing him of a lack of transparency. 

“The Court has reaffirmed the Congress’s authority to conduct oversight on behalf of the American people, as it asks for further information from the Congress. Congress’s constitutional responsibility to uncover the truth continues, specifically related to the President’s Russia connection that he is hiding,” Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCongress averts shutdown after vaccine mandate fight On The Money — Congress races to keep the lights on House sets up Senate shutdown showdown MORE (D-Calif.) said in a statement.