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The Latest: FBI briefing on Russia probe set for Thursday
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The Latest: FBI briefing on Russia probe set for Thursday

The Latest: FBI briefing on Russia probe set for Thursday
Photo Credit: AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, speaks next to Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., left, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-North Carolina, and Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., during a news conference with House members, where they called for a second prosecutor to investigate the Dept. of Justice and FBI, Tuesday, May 22, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The Latest: FBI briefing on Russia probe set for Thursday

The Latest on President Donald Trump and the Russia investigation (all times local):

3:40 p.m.

The White House says a briefing for congressional leaders with top FBI and Justice Department officials will happen on Thursday. The purpose is to review highly classified information the lawmakers have been seeking on the handling of the Russia investigation.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Reps. Devin Nunes and Trey Gowdy as well as FBI Director Christopher Wray, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Ed O'Callaghan of the Justice Department will be attending.

She says no White House staffers — including chief of staff John Kelly — will be present.

Nunes, an ardent Trump supporter and head of the House Intelligence Committee, has been demanding information on an FBI source in the Russia investigation.

Sanders is referring questions about what documents will be reviewed to the DOJ.

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1:15 p.m.

Conservative House Republicans are demanding a new special counsel to investigate charges of misconduct at the Justice Department and FBI over the Russia probe.

Their resolution calls for a new look at whether agency officials were biased against President Donald Trump and whether there were any surveillance abuses committed as part of the investigation.

But House Speaker Paul Ryan isn't committing to that idea. He said earlier Tuesday the Justice Department's independent inspector general should have the latitude to follow the investigation "where it needs to go."

Conservatives led by Rep. Lee Zeldin of New York and Mark Meadows of North Carolina said Ryan has not committed to bringing their 12-page resolution up for a vote.

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12:35 p.m.

President Donald Trump says it would be a "disgrace" to the country if it's shown that the FBI had "spies in my campaign."

Trump on Tuesday voiced a sentiment he's expressed on Twitter for the past few days after lending credence to conservative theories that the government spied on his campaign.

Trump demanded over the weekend that the Justice Department investigate whether the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign. The Justice Department later said it would expand an open investigation into the ongoing Russia probe by examining whether there was any politically motivated surveillance.

The White House also announced that the FBI and Justice Department have agreed to meet with congressional leaders to review highly classified information lawmakers have been seeking on the handling of the probe.

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12:03 a.m.

Top officials at the FBI and Justice Department have agreed to "review" highly classified information with lawmakers who have been seeking such information on the handling of the Russia investigation.

The agreement announced Monday by the White House followed President Donald Trump's extraordinary demand that the Justice Department investigate whether the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign. It remains unclear exactly what the lawmakers will be allowed to review or if the Justice Department will be providing any documents to Congress.

White House chief of staff John Kelly will broker the meeting between congressional leaders and the FBI, Justice Department and office of the Director of National Intelligence.

The Justice Department inspector general is expanding an investigation into the Russia probe by examining whether there was any improper politically motivated surveillance.

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