Former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyComey: House Republicans ‘came up empty today but will try again’ GOP, Comey have tense day — with promise of a second date Trump accuses DOJ of ‘total bias and corruption’ after latest Comey testimony 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.”
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.
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 TrumpConway’s husband responds to Trump tweet on Cohen: ‘Other than that, totally scot-free’ Strategist behind Warren’s political rise to meet with O’Rourke: report Appeals court denies Trump bid to reinstate asylum ban 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 Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe 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 LeeComey: House Republicans ‘came up empty today but will try again’ GOP, Comey have tense day — with promise of a second date House Dems worry about lack of women of color in leadership 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.