US President Donald Trump has accused the Justice Department of being part of the "deep state", adding that it "must finally act" against a top aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former FBI director James Comey.
"Crooked Hillary Clinton's top aid, Huma Abedin, has been accused of disregarding basic security protocols. She put Classified Passwords into the hands of foreign agents,” he tweeted.
Trump was apparently referring to a report in The Daily Caller that said Abedin had forwarded State Department emails to her personal Yahoo account.
The term deep state, or derin devlet in Turkish, originated in 1950s Turkey and refers to a secretive network of influential members of government agencies or the military operating outside the democratic system.
Comey announced the FBI’s investigation regarding Clinton's mishandling of her emails during her tenure as United States Secretary of State, showed that she had been "extremely careless"; however, Comey recommended that no charges be filed against her.
US intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia tried to help Trump win the election by hacking and releasing emails damaging to Clinton.
Robert Mueller, a former FBI director, was appointed special counsel in May after Trump fired Comey, who was leading the investigation.
President Trump and his supporters have since launched a campaign to delegitimize the special counsel and his team, portraying the probe as a Democratic plot against the administration.