Washington: US President Barack Obama is meeting with lawmakers to discuss surveillance programs run by the National Security Agency.
The private Oval Office meeting is to discuss concerns about privacy by lawmakers who are pushing to rein in the NSA`s authority.
Obama`s national security team is trying to keep its surveillance powers intact while acknowledging some limitations appear inevitable.
The White House says Obama wants to hear from Congress directly, including from critics.
The bipartisan meeting comes after Russian authorities granted temporary asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. The White House had no immediate comment on Russia`s action.