Donald Trump witnessed a skeptical appeals court hearing Tuesday over his argument that he has presidential immunity in his federal 2020 election interference case, prompting a wide-ranging discussion about selling pardons, assassinating political rivals, and a former president’s drone strikes.
Trump made his first appearance at the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse in Washington, D.C., since he pleaded “not guilty” to the 45-page indictment in August. The case was originally slated for a March 4 trial but has been paused while the U.S. Appeals Court for the D.C. Circuit works through the immunity dispute.
The former president has made courtroom appearances and commentary in the halls an unconventional feature of his campaign, and he spoke from his former hotel in Washington, D.C., after the Tuesday morning hearing.
At the hotel, Trump said that if presidential immunity doesn’t apply to his case, then former