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 ClintonRepublican Ohio Senate candidate slams JD Vance over previous Trump comments Budowsky: Why GOP donors flock to Manchin and Sinema Countering the ongoing Republican delusion 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 GrassleyChuck GrassleyGOP blocks bill to expand gun background checks after Michigan school shooting GOP ramps up attacks on SALT deduction provision Graham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks MORE (Iowa) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks This Thanksgiving, skip the political food fights and talk UFOs instead Biden move to tap oil reserves draws GOP pushback 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.