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Trump 'blaming Samsung' over missing FBI text messages

President TrumpDonald John TrumpObama slams Trump in Miami: 'Florida Man wouldn't even do this stuff' Trump makes his case in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin Pence's chief of staff tests positive for COVID-19 MORE in a tweet Tuesday night said he was "blaming Samsung" over a missing trove of text messages between two senior FBI officials that was not retained by the agency. 

"Where are the 50,000 important text messages between FBI lovers Lisa Page and Peter Strzok? Blaming Samsung!" Trump tweeted Tuesday.

The text messages between the two FBI employees, counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok and lawyer Lisa Page, are among a larger batch of messages that were not saved by the FBI because of a software glitch on some Samsung phones. 

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Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsBiden fact checks Trump on 545 families separated at border, calls policy 'criminal' Harris walks fine line on Barrett as election nears The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump's erratic tweets upend stimulus talks; COVID-19 spreads in White House MORE said Monday that the Justice Department's inspector general is reviewing why the messages were not retained and whether they are capable of being recovered. Sessions said there were more than 50,000 text messages exchanged between the two FBI employees -- though not all of them are missing as Trump suggested in his tweet.

Trump's tweets came after Fox News host Sean Hannity addressed the issue on his Tuesday night show, though it is unclear if that is what prompted him to tweet. Trump is known to be an avid watcher of Fox News and often comments on matters shortly after they are addressed on air.

It was unclear if Trump was being sarcastic in his tweet. The president has been critical in the past of the DOJ and FBI in its handling of the Russia investigation.

The text messages have come into focus as some Republicans raise concerns about political bias among the ranks of the FBI.

Strzok and Page reportedly exchanged text messages during the 2016 presidential race expressing anti-Trump sentiments, and both were involved in the FBI's investigation into Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonObama slams Trump in Miami: 'Florida Man wouldn't even do this stuff' Ballot initiatives in Colorado, Louisiana could restrict abortion access Trump mocks Joe Biden's drive-in rallies at North Carolina event MORE's use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of State.

Both were also briefly assigned to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE's probe into Russian meddling in the presidential election, including possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow. Strzok was removed from that investigation last summer because of his text exchanges with Page, with whom he was having an extramarital affair.

Updated at 11:58 a.m.