Once the Mueller Report was made public, it certainly did not take long for the Pinball-in-Chief to ricochet from “total exoneration” to “total bulls**t.”

I am slowly working my way through the report. This shocking indictment of a corrupt president saved from his terrible impulses only because his staff refused to perform criminal acts is best read on an empty stomach.

In case anyone had any reservations prior to the report, we now know beyond any reasonable doubt that what we see in this tarnished White House are the Seven Deadly Sins and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse all rolled into one poorly wrapped package covered with slime.

If twice ordering the White House counsel to fire the person investigating you and then directing him to write a memo for the record that you did not so order him is not obstruction of justice, then it now can be revealed that 2 + 2 =5, the Earth really is flat and Trump is a paragon of honesty and decency. I understand that Robert Mueller was operating under the constraint of a Justice Department policy that a sitting president cannot be indicted. You can take it to the bank that any other one of the 329 million of us who committed these acts would have been charged.

Having finally found his Roy Cohn in the aptly-named new Attorney General, William Barr, Trump must have been jiggling for joy when he saw Barr spin to the assembled media an hour before the report’s release that there was no obstruction. Rather, our nation’s chief legal mind told us, it was because Trump’s frantic efforts to squelch the investigation were motivated by “frustration” that his political enemies were out to get him and stop his nascent administration from doing great things. I doubt that, in private practice, a cockamamie legal theory like that would have gotten any traction. Rather, it would have made Barr the bar’s laughingstock and likely instantly unemployed.

Aside from the chaos and constant catastrophes consuming this White House, the more important revelation in the report is the successful Russian government interference in our election and its intent to skew it in favor of its favored candidate. The lesson to be drawn from this cyber equivalent of all-out war on the United States is that we must do whatever it takes to be vigilant in 2020 and make certain this does not happen again. Because, given the enormous success of Russia’s efforts to undermine our democracy, it has every incentive to do it again and pull out all of its digital stops to ensure Trump’s re-election.

So far, very little is being done to prevent another Russian assault. The Trump administration, of course, has everything to gain by sitting on its hands and doing nothing, having profited so greatly from the first one. So, when Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, goes on the Sunday talk shows and says “There is nothing wrong with taking information from Russians,” he is really saying “we’re ecstatic that they’ll do it again.” Rudi, who used to be a real lawyer, might want to read 50 U.S. Code §30121, which labels his “nothing wrong” a federal crime.

The four U.S. government agencies charged with election oversight and security — the Department of Homeland Security, Election Assistance Commission, Federal Voting Assistance Program and Federal Election Commission — are all paper tigers, doing next to nothing about defending our democracy against Russian election aggression. The congressional oversight committees tasked with this responsibility are equally ineffective. On the Senate side, the Republicans in control are ignoring the issue completely. House Democrats are distracted by other matters and have not devoted near the attention needed to prevent another tainted election.

Vladimir Putin and his techno-flunkies are gearing up for 2020, putting immense resources into end-running our half-hearted cyber defenses, while America sleeps.

Canandaigua Academy graduate Richard Hermann is a law professor, legal blogger, author of seven books and part-time resident of the Finger Lakes.