The Two Michaels

Michael Avenatti (left) and Michael Cohen. (Avenatti photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images. Cohen photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

The year is 2018. You’re at a psychic reading. In a trance, the psychic peers into the future and predicts that Donald Trump will be a criminal defendant in 2024.

“Eh, too easy,” you think.

Michael Cohen and Michael Avenatti will be involved in the trial, the psychic murmurs. But that’s also easy: Cohen was the then-president’s personal attorney and Avenatti was counsel to Stormy Daniels, a role he had parlayed into media ubiquity and Resistance stardom. Of course the two might feature in a prosecution of Trump.

Unimpressed, you rise to leave—and then the psychic speaks again. Cohen will be a witness for the prosecution, she whispers. And Avenatti will be a witness for Trump.

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