Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) said the “not guilty” verdict in the Kate Steinle murder trial, in which Jose Garcia Zarate, a five-time deportee and seven-time felon, shot and killed the 32-year-old woman in sanctuary city San Francisco, was “an outrage.”
Partial transcript as follows:
VARNEY: I want to talk to you about the Steinle case and how it might relate to building a wall. You’re a Congressman from Texas. The wall’s on the front of the border, right. Surely this adds impetus, does it? Build the wall.
GOHMERT: Oh, absolutely. Stuart, it adds all kinds of impetus for us to do all kinds of things. The wall is just a starter; and, thank God we elected a president that wants to do something about it –that’s the only good news I can see out of this … how a jury could come down like they did is absolutely astounding.
I had thousands of felony cases come to my court, when I was a felony judge, and juries can sometimes surprise you; but, this is such an outrage! Just as you just heard –especially when they even said ‘no’ to any kind of homicide. It didn’t even require intent, just negligence. My word, it has to be because of all the rhetoric in San Francisco about how illegal aliens have to be protected. This guy came in five times, was deported five times, came back five times.
I had one guy that I sentenced that had nine DWIs and the time he came to the felony court he actually hurt somebody. And he had not been deported. I sent him to prison for years and he’s back in my court within six months. I said ‘How did you get back in my court?’ He said 90 days after I sent him to prison, finally, he got deported and as soon as they drove away after they watched him go across the border, he came back. That’s the same… within 30 mins, he came back.