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Comey: House Republicans 'came up empty today but will try again'

Former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyJohn Durham's endgame: Don't expect criminal charges Trump DOJ officials sought to block search of Giuliani records: report Tina Fey, Amy Poehler to host Golden Globes from separate coasts amid pandemic MORE blasted his questioning by House lawmakers Friday as part of a GOP-led investigation, saying that they "came up empty today but will try again."

"Today wasn’t a search for truth, but a desperate attempt to find anything that can be used to attack the institutions of justice investigating this president," Comey wrote on Twitter.

"In the long run, it'll make no difference because facts are stubborn things."

Comey praised Mueller for keeping the special counsel investigation's findings under wraps after leaving his testimony.

"As a private citizen, as someone who knows the justice system, I see it proceeding incredibly quickly and very, very professionally,” he told reporters. “But the most important indication of that is you don't know anything about it except when you file something in court and that's so it should be."

Friday's hearing was mostly attended by Republican lawmakers on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the Judiciary panel, which are jointly investigating alleged bias at the Justice Department and FBI.

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The GOP-led investigation is based on messages unearthed by the Justice Department's inspector general that showed top department officials expressing criticism of President TrumpDonald TrumpSacha Baron Cohen calls out 'danger of lies, hate and conspiracies' in Golden Globes speech Sorkin uses Abbie Hoffman quote to condemn Capitol violence: Democracy is 'something you do' Ex-Trump aide Pierson planning run for Congress MORE before the election.

Comey had been pushing against Republican requests for the hearing for months.

His testimony will be released sometime Saturday and he will be returning for a second session on Dec. 17, while Republicans maintain control of the committees.

Democrats and other critics argue Republicans are seeking to undermine special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and potential collusion between Trump's campaign and Moscow.

“This was again a frivolous attempt by Republicans to drag old investigations into the limelight,” Rep. Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson LeeBiden pledges support for Texas amid recovery from winter storm Biden turns focus to winter storm with Texas trip Obama says reparations 'justified' MORE (D-Texas) told reporters Friday.

Mueller is also said to be examining the circumstances surrounding Comey’s firing in May of 2017 to see whether the president obstructed justice.

-- Updated Dec. 8, 12:56 p.m.