White House press secretary Jay Carney dismissed a GOP special committee tasked with investigating the Benghazi terrorist attack as illegitimate and accused conservatives of stoking “conspiracy theories” about the Obama administration's reaction to the Sept. 11, 2012, strike.

“There is a problem when you have so many conspiracy theories that get knocked down by the facts and yet, the adherents to those theories only become more convinced that the facts aren’t what they so clearly are,” Carney said, calling the special committee “so partisan in nature.”

Carney went on to criticize the “information loop” on Benghazi, saying that Republicans and “certain media outlets” were fueling a false narrative on the attack that killed four Americans.

The White House has been on the defensive in the wake of the release of an email showing a senior administration official promoting the false theory that an anti-Islam video was the root cause of the attack.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, announced Monday that Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., would lead the special committee's investigation into the Benghazi episode.

Republicans have accused the White House of intentionally masking the terrorist elements behind the attack in an attempt to bolster President Obama's re-election chances.

Obama’s top spokesman on Monday gave no indication that the White House would participate in the latest investigation — but the implicit answer seemed to be that it would not.

“We have always cooperated with legitimate oversight," Carney said, adding that the GOP committee didn’t meet that test.