President Donald Trump is calling on Congress to investigate the unmasking of US citizens during the investigation of his former national security adviser.
“We’ll probably see what happens with the unmaskings,” Mr Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One on Thursday morning.
“I’m not going to comment on the unmasks.”
The White House on Friday morning declined to comment.
Mr Trump is facing questions over whether he obstructed justice when he fired former FBI Director James Comey, a key witness in the Russia investigation, in May.
He also has been under scrutiny for his use of Twitter to blast news organisations and journalists, and to call the special counsel probe a “witch hunt”.
The president on Thursday defended the use of the “locker room” and “locky-room talk” that led to the revelation of the names of US officials.
“The media said we need to investigate them and we have, and that’s fine,” Mr Mr Trump said.
“If you don’t like it, fine.
We’ll see what comes of it.”
“It’s very, very important for the president of the United States to get his facts straight,” he added.
Mr Comey has pleaded not guilty to a single charge of obstruction of justice, saying he believed Mr Trump sought to interfere with the investigation.
“No, I did not,” Mr Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee in June.
“But it was very clear that Mr Trump was intent on influencing the FBI investigation.”