President Trump's lawyer Jay Sekulow slammed former FBI Director James Comey in light of new reports that he was drafting a statement clearing former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGeorge Takei: US has hit a new low under Trump Democrats slam Puerto Rico governor over 'shameful' comments, back protesters Matt Gaetz ahead of Mueller hearing: 'We are going to reelect the president' MORE of any wrongdoing before his agency's probe of her handling of classified information was complete.

“The whole investigation evidently was just a fraud on the American people,” Sekulow told Fox News's Kimberly Guilfoyle on Thursday. 

“You’ve got James Comey now with emails going back and forth where he’s drafting three months before they interview 16 key witnesses, including the supposed target of the investigation/ exoneration,” he continued, slamming the former FBI director's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee. 


“Evidently, he had already made up his mind three months before the investigation really got underway. So this whole thing was a fraud on the American people," he added. 

Sekulow's comments come after Republican Sens. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyScandal in Puerto Rico threatens chance at statehood Poll: McConnell is most unpopular senator Democrat: Treasury 'acknowledged the unprecedented process' in Trump tax return rejection MORE (Iowa) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamDemocrats should rise above and unify against Trump's tweets US-Saudi Arabia policy needs a dose of 'realpolitik' Media cried wolf: Calling every Republican a racist lost its bite MORE (S.C.) said on Wednesday transcripts from a federal watchdog agency revealed Comey was preparing to announce Clinton, the 2016 Democratic nominee fo president, was free of criminal charges before the investigation was completed.

Trump tweeted Friday morning that the report was evidence of a "rigged system."

Benjamin Wittes, a friend of Comey's who edits the blog Lawfare, defended the ousted FBI director's actions. 

"This may come as a shock to Grassley and Graham and Trump, but judges sometimes do a memo/draft about an opinion before oral argument," Wittes, who is also a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, wrote on Twitter.

"Smart people think ahead and prepare. That appears to be an alien notion to our current President, but that's likely what happened here." 

Under Comey, the FBI was investigating whether Clinton mishandled classified information by using a private server for State Department business.