President Obama will meet with a bipartisan group of lawmakers Thursday afternoon to discuss concerns over top-secret surveillance programs run by the National Security Agency.

"The President believes it is important to hear from the Congress directly, including from some of the programs’ most prominent critics," a White House official said Thursday.

The group of lawmakers includes Sens. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenLobbying World Overnight Regulation: House to vote on repealing joint-employer rule | EPA won't say which areas don't meet Obama smog rule | Lawmakers urge regulators to reject Perry plan New tax plan will hinder care for older Americans MORE (D-Ore.) and Mark UdallMark UdallDemocratic primary could upend bid for Colorado seat Picking 2018 candidates pits McConnell vs. GOP groups Gorsuch's critics, running out of arguments, falsely scream 'sexist' MORE (D-Colo.), who have questioned the scope of recently revealed NSA surveillance programs and their effects on Americans’ privacy. The White House said that the president extended the invitation to the lawmakers. 

Other attendees include Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinSenators push mandatory sexual harassment training for members, staff Bipartisan group of lawmakers aim to reform US sugar program Senate panel to hold hearing on bump stocks MORE (D-Calif.) and ranking member Saxby ChamblissSaxby ChamblissLobbying World Former GOP senator: Let Dems engage on healthcare bill OPINION: Left-wing politics will be the demise of the Democratic Party MORE (R-Ga.), as well as Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinDems mull big changes after Brazile bombshell After Texas shooting, lawmakers question whether military has systemic reporting problem Bipartisan group of lawmakers aim to reform US sugar program MORE (D-Ill.). From the House, Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), ranking member Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) and Rep. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.), the original author of the Patriot Act will attend.

The gathering comes just hours after Russian authorities granted temporary asylum to Edward Snowden, the former Defense contractor who leaked details about the programs to a handful of newspapers. Snowden is seeking to avoid extradition to the U.S. where he faces espionage charges.

The administration is making a push to assuage lawmaker concerns about the NSA. The agency's Director Gen. Keith Alexander will provide a classified briefing to House lawmakers on Thursday.

The Obama administration also declassified new documents Wednesday providing details on how the NSA collects records on phone calls within the United States.

President Obama responded to concerns over the top-secret surveillance programs during a closed-door meeting with Democratic senators Wednesday on Capitol Hill.

Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyDems mull big changes after Brazile bombshell After Texas shooting, lawmakers question whether military has systemic reporting problem Warren to GOP: Thoughts and prayers not enough after Texas shooting MORE (D-Conn.) told The Hill that Obama said "he’s willing to get together with members who are concerned about it and try to talk about a potential way forward."

But that could be a tall order with some of the lawmakers, including Udall and Wyden, who have long warned that the government was overreaching with its surveillance efforts. In an interview with CNN on Wednesday, Wyden accused leaders in the intelligence community of having "kept Congress in the dark."

"The Congress have been given inaccurate statements and, in effect, been actively misled," Wyden said.

Asked about the presidential meeting by The Hill, Wyden said he wouldn't comment publicly until the conversation took place.

"I'll be going to that meeting. I'll have something to say after that," he said.

Further details about the NSA's programs continue to emerge. Earlier Wednesday, The Guardian reported that the agency was running a program named XKeyscore that allows intelligence analysts to search databases containing nearly every type of action made by Internet users, including email, online chats and browser history.

White House press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday that he did not know whether members of Congress had been informed about the XKeyscore program, but also declared "some of the claims made in that article are false."

"As we've explained and the intelligence community has explained, allegations of widespread, unchecked analyst access to NSA collection data are false," Carney said during the daily White House press briefing. "Access to all of NSA's analytic tools is limited to only personnel who require access for their assigned tasks, and there are multiple technical, manual and supervisory checks within the system to prevent from those who don't have access from achieving that access."

One lawmaker who does not appear to have been invited is Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashHouse Judiciary advances warrantless wiretapping reform bill The Hill's Whip List: Where Republicans stand on tax-reform bill Ryan sets record for closing down debate in House: report MORE (R-Mich.), who offered an amendment in the House last week that would have stopped the collection of phone records by the NSA. That measure was narrowly defeated in the House, after both Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerThe two-party system is dying — let’s put it out of its misery One year later, neither party can get past last year's election White House strikes back at Bushes over legacy MORE (R-Ohio) and the White House urged lawmakers to vote against it.

-Alex Bolton contributed.

This story was published on July 31 at 5:27 p.m. and has been updated.