Sessions had been scheduled to testify before other committees about the Justice Department's budget that day, but he will instead appear before the intelligence panel. The White House has still not said publicly whether or not the President retains confidence in his attorney general. "Our judgment, as I recall, was that he was very close and inevitably going to recuse himself for a variety of reasons", Comey said during his questioning.
In Kabul, meanwhile, the US military command said an unspecified number of Afghan police were killed and wounded in a "friendly fire" incident during a joint Afghan-US operation overnight Saturday. Although once relatively common, "green-on-blue" attacks have decreased following stricter security measures and the sharp decline in foreign troops in the country.
In a rare public statement , Tillerson appealed to the Middle Eastern and North African governments behind the blockade of Qatar. "We believe these are unintended consequences, especially during this Holy Month of Ramadan, but they can be addressed immediately", he said.
A defiant President Donald Trump said Friday he was willing to testify under oath about his conversations with James Comey, further fueling the swirling controversy ignited by the fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director's bombshell testimony before the Senate on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Sinn Fein accused the DUP of betraying the interests of Northern Ireland - with Stormont leader Michelle O'Neill predicting a confidence and supply deal would "end in tears". Going back decades, the DUP was at the vanguard of the failed Save Ulster from Sodomy movement that campaigned against the 1982 legalisation of homosexual sex in Northern Ireland.
Mr Trump kept silent during the hearing - keeping away from Twitter even after the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director accused him of telling "lies, plain and simple" - but after it was over offered a clue to his next step in a statement read by his lawyer, Marc Kasowitz .