Trump departed for his nine-day trip Friday afternoon as a pair of news stories broke regarding his firing last week of FBI Director James Comey and the federal investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.
The report was published as Trump travelled to Saudi Arabia on the first leg of a trip overseas that the White House hopes will shift attention away from the political firestorm triggered by his firing last week of former FBI Director James Comey.
According to the NY Times, the surfaced document claimed Trump told the Russians "I just fired the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation".
"In that spirit of unity, I will travel to lands associated with three of the world's great religions", Trump said, explaining his decision to visit Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican.
He added: "I'm not under investigation".
The Times reported that the document has been circulated as the meeting's official account, read to the newspaper by one official and its general points confirmed by another.
This comes after Trump himself admitted in an interview with NBC that he was thinking of "this Russian Federation thing" when he fired Comey, directly contradicting what his advisors had told reporters the night before.
Also Friday, The Washington Post dropped its own bombshell, revealed that a current White House official who is "close to the president" has been identified as a significant person of interest in the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.
According to a third government official briefed on the matter, the president was simply using the topic of Comey as a negotiating tactic with the Russians. Meanwhile, Trump, who has denied pressuring Flynn, tweeted that he was the subject of a "witch hunt".
That's not all: McClatchy reported that Rosenstein alerted members of Congress that investigators were also examining whether administration officials engaged in a cover-up.
Spicer didn't dispute the Times' report, but did in his statement continue to emphasize wildly that the "real story" is "that our national security has been undermined by the leaking of private and highly classified conversations".
But, wait, there was more: Comey, the Senate Intelligence Committee said Friday evening, has agreed to publicly testify before it some time after Memorial Day.