Mr. Trump, 77, is charged with falsifying 34 business records to hide Mr. Cohen’s reimbursement for a $130,000 hush-money payment he made to Ms. Daniels. Mr. Trump has denied the charges and the sexual encounter.

“It doesn’t matter if there was a conspiracy to try to win an election,” [Trump defence lawyer Todd] Blanche said. “Every campaign in this country is a conspiracy,” he added, to get a candidate elected.