In his opening statement this morning, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee dismissed the idea that there was a "conspiracy" within the Obama administration following the Benghazi attack.


Morell: White House 'Made No Substantive Changes' to Benghazi Talking Points


Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) said the committee has found "no inappropriate motivations" behind what the American people were told about the Benghazi attack.

"We have also found no conspiracies in the editing of the talking points, only neverending conspiracy theories," he said.

The committee is hearing from former CIA Acting Director Michael Morell, with lawmakers seeking answers on who directed former U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to claim that the Sept. 11, 2012 attack was the result of a protest over an anti-Islamic video.

Morell is facing accusations that he downplayed, or even dismissed, the reporting of U.S. personnel on the ground in Libya, including the CIA chief of station.

According to a Senate Intelligence Committee report, the station chief wrote to Morell and other CIA leadership on Sept. 15, 2012, emphasizing in an email that the attacks were "not an escalation of protests." A day later Rice went on national television and said the opposite. 

For complete coverage of Benghazi, read more from Catherine Herridge, Fox News' Chief Intelligence correspondent.