Boehner is feeling the heat to appoint select committee on Benghazi
The resolution introduced by Rep. Frank Wolf that would create a select committee on Benghazi now has 144 co-sponsors, putting pressure on Speaker Boehner to bring the measure to the floor.
A select committee that would include senators is probably a dead issue. Majority Leader Harry Reid has said he would not allow a resolution to come to the senate floor. But Boehner has other options that might lead to a bi-partisan special House committee with subpoena power.
Wolf said that after the ABC News report the number of co-sponsors increased to 144, about 60 percent of the House Republican Caucus.
The pressure to form such a committee also increased after three career State Department employees and self-proclaimed "whistle blowers" testified Wednesday about Benghazi before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Affairs.
Wolf argues a select committee is needed to strengthen subpoena powers and so one chairman or director can bring together the expertise of the different standing committees.
"If you don't use the subpoena power, people will not come in and testify, because if you're 50 years old and you're a federal employee, you have two kids, maybe two college tuitions, you have a mortgage on your house in Arlington County, you're not going to risk your career," Wolf told conservative talk radio host Hugh Hewitt on Friday.
He also said somebody from the Armed Services Committee should be included on the panel because the Defense Department is involved in the Benghazi matter. And the Intelligence Committee should be included because the CIA and the office of the Director of National Intelligence are also involved.
Boehner on Thursday again declined to commit to appointing a committee, saying he has "confidence" in the committees already holding investigations.
Such committees have been appointed to investigate Watergate and the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.
Beyond the issue of whether State Department officials and White House deputies changed the CIA memo for political reasons, in the height of Obama's re-election effort, are issues of whether the U.S. provided adequate security at the compound and made full attempts to repel the attacks and rescue Americans.
The reasons Benghazi will not go away is because there are still many questions that need to be answered, as well as the need to recall some witnesses whose previous testimony was either contradicted or placed in doubt by the whistleblowers who testified last week.
Right now the pot is simmering. But the press has taken a renewed interest in the story and while it is uncertain whether they will investigate more thoroughly, at least they are paying more attention now than they were previously.