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 ClintonIntercept DC bureau chief says Biden picks are 'same people' from Obama years The Hill's 12:30 Report - Third vaccine candidate with 90% efficacy Biden won — so why did Trump's popularity hit its highest point ever? 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 GrassleyRep. Rick Allen tests positive for COVID-19 On The Money: Biden to nominate Yellen for Treasury secretary | 'COVID cliff' looms | Democrats face pressure to back smaller stimulus Loeffler to continue to self-isolate after conflicting COVID-19 test results MORE (Iowa) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSpokesperson says Tennessee Democrat made 'poor analogy' in saying South Carolina voters have extra chromosome Former Graham challenger Jaime Harrison launches political action committee The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump OKs transition; Biden taps Treasury, State experience 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.