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

Former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyBiden sister has book deal, set to publish in April Mystery surrounds Justice's pledge on journalist records NYT publisher: DOJ phone records seizure a 'dangerous incursion' on press freedom 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 TrumpMyPillow CEO to pull ads from Fox News Haaland, Native American leaders press for Indigenous land protections Simone Biles, Vince Lombardi and the courage to walk away 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) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel 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 LeeJackson Lee is third CBC member in three weeks to be arrested protesting for voting rights Biden signs bill to bolster crime victims fund The faith community can help pass a reparations bill 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.