When President Trump was sworn into office last year, Michael Cohen basked in the moment of glory he long had insisted would come.
For more than a decade, Cohen had served as Trump’s go-to private lawyer in New York, a bare-knuckle brawler and fix-it man who could be relied on to threaten Trump’s critics with lawsuits, silence Trump’s supposed paramours, represent him in a Moscow development deal and serve as spokesman in the crucible of the 2016 campaign.
“People don’t even know the name of Barack Obama’s personal attorney,” Cohen was overheard telling a companion in downtown Washington. “But everybody knows my name.”
With coordinated FBI raids on his Manhattan...