Lt. Gen. Boykin: FBI Director ‘Allowed Politics to Override Sound Judgment’

By Rachel Hoover | July 6, 2016 | 12:11pm EDT
Retired Lt. Gen. William 'Jerry' Boykin (Screen Capture)

( -- Lt. General William “Jerry”  Boykin (U.S. Army- Ret.) criticized FBI Director James Comey’s recommendation that the Justice Department not bring criminal charges against Hillary Clinton despite what Comey described as "evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information."

“I know that James Comey is an honorable man, but even he has allowed politics to override sound judgment,” Boykin wrote in a Facebook post Tuesday.

“I am not surprised, but to say that this is not politically driven is to ignore reality. I spent 36 years in the US military and had a TOP SECRET clearance for over 35 of those years. I have seen so many people punished for so much less,” the former Delta Force commander said.

“This is actually very sad as well as being outrageous,” he added.

Boykin spent 36 years in the Army and now serves as executive vice president of the Family Research Council.

“Remember that Hillary was not being investigated for ‪#‎espionage, she was being investigated for ‪#‎negligence and even the FBI director admits that she is ‪#‎guilty,” he continued in the Facebook post. “How can she not be charged when so many people have been punished for so much less?”

Boykin pointed out that both he and Gen. David Petraeus had been punished for allegedly mishandling classified information.

Gen. Petraeus resigned as CIA director in 2012 when emails to his biographer, Paula Broadwell, with whom he was having an extramarital affair, created a potential national security breach.

Gen. Boykin was issued a reprimand in 2013 for information contained in his autobiography, Never Surrender: A Soldier’s Journey to the Crossroads of Faith and Freedom, although the Defense Department had concluded earlier that his book did not contain classified information.

“I was not disturbed when Gen. Petraeus was punished because he knew the rules. I was given a written reprimand for violating a non disclosure agreement after writing an autobiography. …

“My case was closed for 3 years before it was reopened and a reprimand was issued. That too was pure political shenanigans to force me to stop criticizing the administration for destroying the readiness of the armed forces. So don’t think that this decision to hold Hillary to a different standard is anything but politics.

“She was the SECSTATE and knew better,” said Boykin.


“This is gross negligence and malfeasance. That is punishable under the federal statute and anyone else would be headed to court. …

"But unlike ANYONE ELSE, she will not be held accountable,” he continued.

The general cited 18 U. S. Code Section 739 F, which says: “Whoever, being entrusted with or having lawful possession or control of any document, writing, code book, ... note, or information, relating to the national defense, (1) through gross negligence permits the same to be removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of his trust, or to be lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, … Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.”

“How the heck could she be the Commander-in-Chief in the future and ever hold any person with a clearance accountable for violations of the same nature as what she has just gotten away with?” Boykin asked.

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