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The Wall Street Journal: Lawmakers get controversial briefing on FBI’s Russia investigation

Justice Department and intelligence officials held classified briefings for lawmakers Thursday about the early stages of the FBI’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, but it wasn’t immediately clear if the meetings had defused the dispute between the department and some Republican House members.

Congressional Republicans, backed by President Donald Trump, had sought the meetings after demanding access to sensitive information, including documents related to the FBI’s use of an American academic who talked in 2016 to at least two Trump campaign aides at the investigators’ behest.

Department officials declined to comment following the meetings, and Reps. Devin Nunes, R-Calif.

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