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

Former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyGraham on Syria: Trump appears 'hell-bent' on repeating Obama's mistakes in Iraq Trump hits back at Graham over Syria criticism Comey says he has a 'fantasy' about deleting his Twitter account after end of Trump term 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 John TrumpGOP congressman slams Trump over report that U.S. bombed former anti-ISIS coalition headquarters US to restore 'targeted assistance' to Central American countries after migration deal Trump says lawmakers should censure Schiff 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) Swan MuellerFox News legal analyst says Trump call with Ukraine leader could be 'more serious' than what Mueller 'dragged up' Lewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network 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 LeeConsequential GOP class of 1994 all but disappears Video of Greta Thunberg crossing paths with Trump at UN goes viral Lewandowski: House testimony shows I'd be 'a fighter' in the Senate 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.