Trump 'blaming Samsung' over missing FBI text messages

President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session Gosar's siblings pen op-ed urging for his resignation: 'You are immune to shame' Sunday shows - Delta variant, infrastructure dominate 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 SessionsWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump Democrat stalls Biden's border nominee Garland strikes down Trump-era immigration court rule, empowering judges to pause cases 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 ClintonClintons, Stacey Abrams meeting Texas Democrats Biden says Russia spreading misinformation ahead of 2022 elections Highest-ranking GOP assemblyman in WI against another audit of 2020 vote 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) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel 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.