President Obama was briefed Friday morning on the tense manhunt underway in Massachusetts for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing.

Obama, Vice President Biden and the administration’s national security team took the briefing in the Situation Room shortly after 9:45, according to a White House official.

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Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryJohn Kerry’s memoir title revealed GOP senator: Democratic opposition to Pompeo 'driven 100 percent by politics' North Korea is moved by Pompeo diplomacy, but Dems dig in deeper MORE and CIA Director John Brennan dialed into the meeting by video conference. Napolitano was scheduled to testify at a hearing on immigration Friday but will testify later because of the unfolding events.

Obama was briefed throughout the night on the breaking news of the investigation, according to the official.

Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck HagelCharles (Chuck) Timothy HagelShould Mike Pompeo be confirmed? Intel chief: Federal debt poses 'dire threat' to national security Hagel: Trump is 'an embarrassment' MORE, and CIA Director John Brennan arrived at the White House early Friday afternoon to participate in a previously scheduled meeting of national security principals.

— Updated at 12:52 p.m.