Fox News: Illegal Immigrant Who Killed Kate Steinle Is Accusing Federal Gov’t of ‘Vindictive Prosecution’

‘Zarate claims the feds are trying to punish him because he was acquitted on murder charges’


PAYNE: "The illegal immigrant accused of shooting and killing Kate Steinle is now accusing the government of a vindictive prosecution. Jonathan hunt is in los Angeles with the latest. Jonathan?"
HUNT: "Charles, Jose Zarate claims the feds are trying to punish him because he was acquitted on murder charges. Attorney claims in court filings that President Trump is part of that vindictive prosecution. The court motion says the original murder charge against him in the killing of Kate Steinle was highly publicized and that, quote, almost immediately after the death of Ms. Steinle then presidential candidate Donald Trump began to use Mr. Zarate as the symbol of the dangers of illegal immigrants and need for a wall between the united States and Mexico. 32-year-old Ms. Steinle was shot and killed on July 1st, 2015 on a San Francisco pier. Zarate claimed he had found the gun in question and it fired accidentally when he picked it up. He was found not guilty of murder but guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm. We reached out to federal prosecutors for reaction to the Zarate filing. We have not heard back. Charles?"

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