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Trump ‘blaming Samsung’ over missing FBI text messages

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President Trump 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. 

{mosads}Attorney General Jeff Sessions 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 Clinton’s use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of State.

Both were also briefly assigned to special counsel Robert Mueller’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.

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