It's not the cover up Mr. Trump. It's what you are trying to cover up.I watched the entire testimony of former FBI Director James Comey before the Senate Intelligence committee. Ever since the appearance of an eschewing of then Presidential Candidate Donald Trump’s questionable eligibility to hold the office which pushed an incomprehensible legal boundary appearing to sabotage Hillary Clinton’s campaign, I have wondered just what exactly Comey was up to.

I think I have a better handle on it now. Trump is employing a poker strategy of bluffing and blind betting that has been his calling card for what appears to be most of his life. Comey is playing a masterful game of chess.

Comey’s firing laid the groundwork for him to be able to give notes he purposely kept unclassified to the American people. He could do so without conflict because he had been removed from his government position and was now a private citizen. While Trump thought he had outplayed the investigation, even going as far as to say as much to Russian dignitaries, Comey had in fact been seeing a few moves ahead. This decision to release his notes publicly would later unquestionably provoke the appointing of a special counsel to investigate Trump, leaving the president unable to appoint people to the DOJ who would not investigate him.

Yes, I said it. It is my contention here that Trump is being investigated and probably has been for some time. If you don’t see this, you are not paying attention.

There is is a demonstratively larger picture at play here, one that may not be fully revealed to the American people for years. The United States was unquestionably sabotaged in our 2016 elections. Something like this has deep and complicated ties that could take years to sort out. But be sure of the this: Trump could be involved at one level or another by either direct involvement and knowledge of the fact. In fact, it is more likely than not.

By the time Trump realized he was actually playing chess, it was too late to take back the moves he had already made with Comey, so in a knee-jerk attempt to recover, he brought out his queen too soon and fired the director of the FBI and lied about why.

And with his queen prematurely and dangerously exposed, the next moves sealed his fate. A special counsel was appointed, taking the ability to appoint his way out of people who would seriously investigate him. In an attempt to maintain a semblance of sovereign immunity and not allow the DOJ to investigate him, Trump is carefully selecting a people to fill key positions in law enforcement and elsewhere to ensure his success.

He sure as hell would not have appointed Robert Mueller. On that you can bet your life. But the precursor to a now immanent checkmate is that he cannot fire Mueller either. Ruh-roh, Trumpy.

And as far as Trump claiming a vindication that he had not obstructed justice when he inadvertently tried to direct Comey to drop the investigation into Michael Flynn, he may do well to realize that was not what they were going for at all. I sincerely doubt Trump dodged that proverbial bullet intentionally, he just got lucky. Everyone knows damn well when he said he “hoped” Comey would let it go with Flynn that he was implying a directive. It will not likely amount to a charge, but it for a guy who thought he was playing poker, he sure revealed his hand. And probably still has not figured out its a chess game. The end game here is much larger.

There is a lot of similarity to Watergate here save one poignant point. Nixon went down for what he did to cover up something. Trump will likely go down for what he was clearly trying to cover up. That is a huge distinction.

See you out there.

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Dallas Hyland is a professional technical writer, freelance writer and journalist, award-winning photographer, and documentary filmmaker. As a senior writer and editor-at-large at The Independent, Hyland’s investigative journalism, opinion columns, and photo essays have ranged in topics from local political and environmental issues to drug trafficking in Utah. He has also worked the international front, covering issues such as human trafficking in Colombia. His photography and film work has received recognition as well as a few modest awards and in 2015, he was a finalist for the Mark of Excellence Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Based in southern Utah, he works tirelessly at his passion for getting after the truth and occasionally telling a good story. On his rare off-days, he can be found with his family and friends exploring the pristine outdoors of Utah and beyond.