Mr. Wolf was unavailable for comment Monday, his office said.
Mr. Boehner’s spokesman, Michael Steel, told The Times that “the speaker has confidence in the committees of jurisdiction” and their existing efforts to get to the bottom of the issue.
Mr. Taylor, who lost a Republican primary in Virginia in 2010, said he does “understand the politics of it,” but that Monday’s letter is “just the first step in a concerted effort to really push for this special investigation.”
The calls Monday likely will refocus attention on questions that critics say remain about whether U.S. forces could have done more to rescue survivors, and whether President Obama and his senior security staff were sufficiently engaged with events in Benghazi.
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The letter is signed, the group says, by more than 700 former military or intelligence personnel, including more than 20 general officers.
They include retired Army Lt. Gen. Dell L. Dailey, a former State Department counterterrorism coordinator; retired Army Lt. Gen. William G. “Jerry” Boykin, a Ranger and controversial former military intelligence chief; and retired Army Maj. Gen. John K. “Jack” Singlaub, who was a founding member of the OSS, the forerunner of the CIA during World War II.