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Democrats Seek to Pre-empt Trump’s Defense in Impeachment Trial

WASHINGTON — House Democrats sought on Thursday to pre-emptively dismantle President Trump’s core defenses in his impeachment trial, invoking his own words to argue that his pressure campaign on Ukraine was an abuse of power that warranted his removal.

On the second day of arguments in the third presidential impeachment trial in American history, Democrats sought to make the case that Mr. Trump’s actions were an affront to the Constitution. And they worked to disprove his lawyers’ claims that he was acting only in the nation’s interests when he sought to enlist Ukraine to investigate political rivals.

In doing so, they took a calculated risk in talking at length about Mr. Trump’s targets — former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his son Hunter Biden — and underscored the political backdrop of a trial that is unfolding only 10 months before the election and is likely to reverberate long after the verdict.

“You know you can’t trust this president to do what’s right for this country — you can trust he will do what’s right for Donald Trump,” said Representative Adam B. Schiff, the lead impeachment manager, said in an impassioned appeal as the clock ticked past 10 p.m. “This is why if you find him guilty, you must find that he should be removed. Because right matters. Right matters and the truth matters. Otherwise we are lost.”

The team of seven Democratic impeachment managers repeatedly attacked the idea that when the president withheld military aid from Ukraine and sought to secure a promise to investigate Joseph Biden, he was merely making a foreign policy decision to root out corruption in Ukraine.

Mr. Trump has consistently suggested, without any evidence, that Mr. Biden pushed to remove a Ukrainian prosecutor who was investigating Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company with a long history of corruption that employed Hunter Biden on its board. Representative Sylvia R. Garcia, Democrat of Texas, spent nearly an hour debunking the claim, and said that, in fact, the opposite was true.

The prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, was “widely perceived as corrupt,” she said, and Mr. Biden was acting in accordance with official American policy, as well as the policy of the European Union, the International Monetary Fund and other international organizations in calling for his removal.

Moreover, Mr. Shokin had already let the Burisma investigation “go dormant,” Ms. Garcia said, so his ouster “would only increase the chance that Burisma would be investigated for possible corruption.” She asserted that neither the elder Mr. Biden nor his son had done anything wrong, and that American officials — and Mr. Trump — knew it.

“Every single witness who was asked about the allegations again said that Biden had nothing to do with it and it was false; they testified that he acted properly,” Ms. Garcia said, adding, “There is simply no evidence, nothing, nada in the record to support this baseless allegation.”

It was, in effect, a defense of one of the Democrats’ leading 2020 presidential candidates and a potential challenger to the president. Mr. Schiff later volunteered that neither he nor his colleagues had a position on the Democratic presidential primary.

Mr. Schiff also brought Mr. Trump into the chamber — at least on video — to use the president’s own words against him, with a clip in which the president called both Bidens “corrupt” and called for Ukraine to start a “major investigation” into them.

“The president has confirmed what he wanted in his own words,” Mr. Schiff said. “He has made it clear he didn’t care about corruption, he cared only about himself. Now it is up to us to do something about it, to make sure that a president, that this president, cannot pursue an objective that places himself above our country.”

But in focusing on the Bidens, Democrats took a strategic risk. Some Republicans have already threatened to call the Bidens as witnesses, even suggesting that they would insist on hearing from them as a condition of agreeing to subpoena John R. Bolton, Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser.

Democrats have refused to consider the idea, and Mr. Biden has said he would not take part in any such swap. And on Thursday, Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, said he would not “give in to that pressure” from some of his colleagues to do so.

But Mr. Trump’s legal team said the Bidens were now fair game in the trial.

“They have opened the door,” said Jay Sekulow. “It’s now relevant.”

Senator Josh Hawley, Republican of Missouri, said the Democrats’ arguments had made testimony from the Bidens vital.

“If we’re going to call witnesses,” he said, “it’s now clear we absolutely must call Hunter Biden, and we probably need to call Joe Biden.”

Mr. Trump seemed to be paying attention. At a Republican National Committee event on Thursday evening at the president’s club in Doral, Fla., he told 400 people that the proceedings were “impeachment lite” compared with the trial of President Bill Clinton in 1999 and the case against President Richard M. Nixon in the 1970s.

In laying out their case against Mr. Trump, the Democrats focused tightly on the first of two charges against him: that he abused his power by trying to compel a foreign power to help him win re-election in 2020 and withheld two official acts — the provision of $391 million in military aid and a White House meeting with Ukraine’s president — in an effort to advance his illicit scheme.

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House Impeachment Managers Press Case to Convict Trump

“If you find him guilty, you must find that he should be removed”: Representative Adam Schiff and the other House managers continued making their opening arguments in President Trump’s impeachment trial, as his lawyers prepared their defense.

“He has made it clear: He didn’t care about corruption. He cared only about himself.” “If he is willing to listen to his personal lawyer over his own intelligence agencies, his own advisers, then you can imagine what a danger that presents to this country.” “There is evidence of President Trump himself demanding that Ukraine conduct the investigations. But President Trump also delegated his authority to his political agent Rudy Giuliani to oversee and direct this scheme.” “The Constitution is not a suicide pact. It does not leave us stuck with presidents who abuse their power in unforeseen ways that threaten our security and democracy. Abuse, betrayal, corruption. Here are each of the core offenses the framers feared most. The president’s abuse of power, his betrayal of the national interest and his corruption of our elections plainly qualify as great and dangerous offenses.” “Common sense would tell us that this allegation against Joe Biden is false and that there was no legitimate basis for any investigation. But there are several other reasons you know that the only reason President Trump wanted Ukraine to announce the investigation into Biden that was solely for his very own personal benefit.” “No Constitution can protect us if right doesn’t matter anymore. And you know — you can’t trust this president to do what’s right for this country. You can trust he will do what’s right for Donald Trump. He’ll do it now. He’s done it before. He’ll do it for the next several months. He’ll do it in the election, if he’s allowed to. This is why, if you find him guilty, you must find that he should be removed. Because right matters. Because right matters. And the truth matters. Otherwise we are lost.” “I will assure you this. We will be putting on a vigorous defense of both fact and rebutting what they’ve said. Our job here is to defend both the president, the office of the presidency, and the Constitution. We’re going to do that. I see nothing that has changed.”

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“If you find him guilty, you must find that he should be removed”: Representative Adam Schiff and the other House managers continued making their opening arguments in President Trump’s impeachment trial, as his lawyers prepared their defense.

“President Trump exploited our ally, Ukraine, for his own political benefit to the detriment of American national security,” said Representative Hakeem Jeffries, Democrat of New York. “Is that conduct impeachable? The answer is categorically yes. The Senate must hold this president accountable for his abuse-of-power crimes against our Constitution.”

Representative Jerrold Nadler, Democrat of New York and the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee said: “Impeachment is not punishment for a crime. Impeachment exists to address threats to the political system.”

“Impeachment is the Constitution’s final answer to a president who mistakes himself for a king,” he added.

Democrats expect to wrap up their case on Friday with presentations aimed at proving the second charge: that Mr. Trump obstructed Congress by withholding documents and witnesses and otherwise working to conceal his behavior. On Saturday, Mr. Trump’s defense team is expected to lay out its case.

On Thursday, Mr. Nadler drew on quotes from Alexander Hamilton; from George Washington’s farewell address; and from a 1792 letter to Thomas Jefferson from John Adams that warned of “foreign intrigue and influence” in arguing that Mr. Trump warranted impeachment and removal from office — regardless of whether he committed a crime.

“No president has ever used his office to compel a foreign nation to help him cheat in our elections,” Mr. Nadler said, adding, “It puts even President Nixon to shame.”

Mr. Nadler also turned to Trump allies — including Alan M. Dershowitz, the Harvard Law professor who is assisting in the president’s defense, and Mr. Graham — to make his case, using video clips of their comments from the Clinton impeachment trial to undercut Mr. Trump’s defense.

In one clip, Mr. Graham, an impeachment manager during the Clinton trial, explained why a “high crime” — one of the criteria the Constitution sets forth for the impeachment and removal of a president — does not necessarily require breaking a law.

“When you start using your office and you’re acting in a way that hurts people, you’ve committed a high crime,” Mr. Graham said.

Even before Thursday’s session got underway, it was clear that Mr. Schiff, Mr. Nadler and the other managers had not changed the minds of many Republicans. Senate Democrats were privately expressing concern that they may not get the four Republican votes they would need to bring witnesses and documents into the trial.

If they do not, the case could be over by the end of next week. Publicly, though, Democrats were putting on a good face.

“I am more hopeful than ever that four conscientious, brave Republicans will come forward and tell Mitch McConnell you can’t shut this down without witnesses, you can’t shut this down without documents,” said Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader, referring to his Republican counterpart.

The rules of the trial require senators to “keep silent, on pain of imprisonment,” and after two lengthy days of first voting on motions on Tuesday and hearing oral arguments on Wednesday, Republicans were growing weary.

Some complained that Democrats were simply reciting the same facts time and time again, more for the television viewing audience than for the audience in the chamber. Senator Richard M. Burr, Republican of North Carolina, handed out fidget spinner toys to his colleagues, ostensibly to ease the boredom — and to deliver a not-too-subtle dig at Democrats.

“They spent a lot of time, they’re well prepared — I just don’t think they have much to work with,” said Senator Roy Blunt, Republican of Missouri. “They’ve got about a one-hour presentation that they gave six hours on Tuesday and eight hours yesterday.”

But Senator Tim Kaine, Democrat of Virginia, said the Democrats had good reason to be repetitive: Many senators — not to mention the public — did not pay close attention to the House inquiry. One Republican, Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana, told reporters as much on Wednesday.

“Senators didn’t know the case,” he said. “They really didn’t. We didn’t stay glued to the television. We haven’t read the transcripts.”

Reporting was contributed by Michael D. Shear, Emily Cochrane, Nicholas Fandos, Peter Baker and Catie Edmondson from Washington, and Maggie Haberman from New York.

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Fire in New York City’s Chinatown threatens museum archive in historic building — just before Lunar New Year

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At least one person and two firefighters were reportedly hurt Thursday evening in a fire that damaged a historic building in New York City’s Chinatown just before the Lunar New Year, potentially taking archival material from the Museum of Chinese in America with it.

The building, at 70 Mulberry Street, was constructed in 1900 and serves as a senior center and houses several nonprofits, FOX 5 in New York reported.

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio called the building a “pillar” to the Chinatown community.

“I know the neighborhood is in shock tonight. We’re going to help the community get through this,” De Blasio tweeted.

Nearly 150 firefighters worked for hours to put out the blaze that mainly affected the fourth and fifth floors of the building, according to FOX 5.

“This building is very important. It’s so unfortunate to have a fire. It’s very sad,” Chen Dance Center owner HT Chen told New York’s WNBC-TV. He said his business has been in the building for more than 40 years.

Manhattan community board member Karlin Chan told WNBC the Museum of Chinese in America’s archives are housed there.

“So all the historical documents from this area, all the exhibits are actually stored in there, so hopefully the water damage doesn’t destroy it,” she said.

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None of the victims’ injuries were life-threatening, WNBC reported.

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Gruesome photo shows needlefish impaled in teen’s neck: report

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A teenager was impaled in the neck by a fish while he was fishing with family in Southern Indonesia, according to multiple reports.

Muhammad Idul, 16, said the impact of the needlefish threw him from his fishing boat, according to reports. He swam to shore with the fish thrashing in his neck.

“A needlefish suddenly jumped out of the water and stabbed my neck,” Idul told the BBC. “I asked Sardi [Idul’s friend from school] to help – he stopped me from trying to remove the fish to prevent bleeding.”

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He was taken to a hospital and transferred to a hospital in Makassar for emergency surgery, the BBC reported. A team of three surgeons and two anesthesiologists took two hours to remove the fish.

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Anesthesiologist Syafri K Arif said the teenager is in stable condition and will remain at the hospital for three to four days to prevent infections, according to the New York Post. The impaled fish head likely helped to stop the bleeding.

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“We’re monitoring his condition. He might be discharged in a few days but he can’t go back to his village yet because he needs more check-ups,” Saleh told the BBC.

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Did Washington state DOT’s webcam capture Bigfoot image? ‘We will leave that up to you!’

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Is it? Could it be? Maybe … or maybe not.

An image of the legendary creature Bigfoot may have been captured on a Washington State Department of Transportation webcam, the agency says.

“Sasquatch spotted!!! I’m not superstitious… just a little stitious,” a WSDOT East post on Twitter said this week. “Have you noticed something strange on our Sherman Pass/SR 20 webcam before? If you look closely by the tree on the left there looks to be something… might be Sasquatch… We will leave that up to you!”

People played along, asking for more information or other photos of Sasquatch in response to the post.

“They DO exist!!!” one reader replied, adding the hashtag, #IBelieve.”

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The agency — responsible for transportation information east of the Cascade Mountains — posted a follow-up tweet Thursday saying crews made several passes near the area but came up empty.

“We made it back from Sherman Pass! Made several passes and even stopped at the top of the summit near the camera to see if we could find Sasquatch… no such luck,” the agency said.

When asked for more details about the photo, the transportation agency said its “signals/sign shop manager knows the truth behind it.”

“There is a story behind it,” the agency said. “I’ll see what I can find out, but he’s very tight-lipped!”

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The agency also posted a GIF of “Seinfeld” character George Costanza saying his famous line, “Just remember, It’s not a lie if you believe it.”

Another person did some investigating and replied to the Twitter post after taking a look at the webcam later in the day.

“Well if it’s a Bigfoot it must be a slow one,” the user said. “Cause he’s still there…”

The camera operates 24 hours a day and the image updates every 60 minutes, according to the WSDOT.

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Back in December, scientists and explorers were reportedly on the trail of the legendary creature in the forests of Oregon, with some using thermal cameras as part of a documentary for the Travel Channel. More than 10,000 people in the U.S. have described encounters with Bigfoot over the past 50 years.

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Gruesome photo shows needlefish impaled in teen’s neck: report

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A teenager was impaled in the neck by a fish while he was fishing with family in Southern Indonesia, according to multiple reports.

Muhammad Idul, 16, said the impact of the needlefish threw him from his fishing boat, according to reports. He swam to shore with the fish thrashing in his neck.

“A needlefish suddenly jumped out of the water and stabbed my neck,” Idul told the BBC. “I asked Sardi [Idul’s friend from school] to help – he stopped me from trying to remove the fish to prevent bleeding.”

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He was taken to a hospital and transferred to a hospital in Makassar for emergency surgery, the BBC reported. A team of three surgeons and two anesthesiologists took two hours to remove the fish.

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Anesthesiologist Syafri K Arif said the teenager is in stable condition and will remain at the hospital for three to four days to prevent infections, according to the New York Post. The impaled fish head likely helped to stop the bleeding.

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“We’re monitoring his condition. He might be discharged in a few days but he can’t go back to his village yet because he needs more check-ups,” Saleh told the BBC.

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President Trump To Face Friendly Crowd At March For Life

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Anti-abortion activists march toward the U.S. Supreme Court during the 2019 March for Life in Washington, D.C. This year, President Trump is expected to speak at the rally. Jose Luis Magana/AP hide caption

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Anti-abortion activists march toward the U.S. Supreme Court during the 2019 March for Life in Washington, D.C. This year, President Trump is expected to speak at the rally.

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When thousands of anti-abortion rights activists march in Washington, D.C., on Friday, President Trump will be there. It’s the first time a sitting president will address the March for Life, an annual event organized decades ago in response to the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

Trump will face a friendly audience at a key moment — with his impeachment trial underway, and just months to go before the 2020 election. The president has leaned in to his connection to religious and social conservatives, frequently praising “the evangelicals” who comprise a key portion of his base, and courting anti-abortion rights groups like the Susan B. Anthony List.

That group’s president, Marjorie Dannenfelser, called Trump’s appearance at the march “a moment of celebration for the pro-life movement.” In an interview with NPR, she it’s a reminder of how far Trump has come in the minds of some conservatives who were initially skeptical because of his past support for abortion rights.

“Everyone doubted where he was on the abortion issue. He stated what he believed. There were doubts all over — I mean, I was one of them,” Dannenfelser said. “…So he’s actually become the person that he says he is.”

Dannenfelser said she is pleased with Trump’s appointment of conservative federal judges — most notably to the Supreme Court. Just this week the Trump administration signed off on federal funding for a family planning program in Texas that excludes groups like Planned Parenthood that provide abortion services.

“No one in that crowd needs persuading, but everyone in that crowd needs reminding what’s at stake this coming election,” Dannenfelser said. “…It won’t be a cajoling and a persuasion moment; it will be a momentum moment.”

On Wednesday, Trump retweeted a post by the March for Life, adding, “See you on Friday…big crowd!”

Trump’s appearance isn’t entirely unprecedented: two years ago, he spoke live via video feed from the White House Rose Garden, telling that marchers, “you love every child, born and unborn, because you believe that every life is sacred, that every child is a precious gift from God.”

Other Republican presidents — Ronald Reagan and the Bushes — have addressed the crowd remotely, via phone call or prepared statement. Some observers have speculated that such a move allowed those presidents to court anti-abortion voters without subjecting themselves to a photo-op in front of the crowd, out of fear of turning off more moderate voters.

Reproductive rights groups are using the moment to remind their supporters of Trump’s opposition to abortion rights. NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue issued a statement calling Trump’s decision to appear at the March for Life an “act of desperation.”

In an interview with NPR, Planned Parenthood’s acting president and CEO, Alexis McGill Johnson, said Trump’s appearance at the event is “no surprise” given his policy record.

“This is just confirmation that we have a sitting president of the United States who is determined to do whatever he can to end people’s ability to access abortion,” McGill Johnson said.

Advocates on both sides of the abortion debate see much at stake in the 2020 election. After Trump’s address, activists at the rally will march from the National Mall to the U.S. Supreme Court — where just weeks from now, the court is set to take up its first major abortion case since Trump’s two conservatives nominees, Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, joined the bench.

Those two justices alone have moved the court to the right, setting up the possibility that Roe could be overturned or substantially eroded. And whoever is elected in November may have the opportunity to name at least one more justice to the court.

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Jim Jordan blasts Democrats’ case in Trump Senate impeachment trial: ‘Assumptions, presumptions and hearsay’

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House Freedom Caucus member Jim Jordan, R-Ohio., offered his assessment of President Trump’s Senate impeachment trial during a Thursday appearance on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle.”

Jordan said Lead Impeachment Manager Adam Schiff, D-Calif., is not proving Trump guilty of any crime, or any act that rises to the level of an impeachable offense, or one that would warrant his expulsion from office.

He added that the case laid out by Schiff and his team amounts to little more than “assumptions, presumptions and hearsay.”

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“They don’t have the facts,” he said. “They make things up. Frankly, it should not surprise us. Adam Schiff is the guy who told us for two years, ‘I have more than circumstantial evidence that President Trump worked with Russia to influence the election’. That was not true.”

“Adam Schiff is the guy who told us for two years, ‘I have more than circumstantial evidence that President Trump worked with Russia to influence the election’. That was not true.”

— U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio

He said Schiff has not been entirely forthright or accurate with details of the case. He said Schiff declared that a relevant 2016 FISA court process was adequate — but Inspector General Michael Horowitz ruled otherwise.

“Mr. Horowitz told us they lied to the FISA courts 17 times,” Jordan said.

“Adam Schiff [also] said we would hear from the whistleblower.” To date, that has not happened.

“The facts are solidly on the president’s side,” he continued. “The Constitutional principles is on the president’s side and the unfair process is another great argument the White House can make because what they did in the House [impeachment inquiry] was very unfair to the president.”

“The facts are solidly on the president’s side. The Constitutional principles is on the president’s side and the unfair process is another great argument the White House can make.”

— U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio

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Earlier Thursday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., accused Trump of placing his own personal interests above national security and American democracy and charged that Trump was the only president in history to violate his oath of office so flagrantly.

“No president has ever used his office to compel a foreign nation to help him cheat in our elections. Prior presidents would be shocked to the core by such conduct and rightly so,” Nadler said in kicking off Day 3 of the trial.

“This conduct is not ‘America First,’” Nadler said, referring to one of Trump’s campaign themes. “It is Donald Trump first.”

Fox News’ Marisa Schultz contributed to this report.

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For Haggis Purists in the U.S., the Law Is No Obstacle

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Some smugglers drive it across the border from Canada. Others sneak it through airports or send it in the mail, wrapping the contraband in T-shirts and towels to deceive the authorities. A few even make it at home.

But this is no international drug ring. It is the black market for Scottish haggis, a savory pudding of boiled sheep innards wrapped in a sheep’s stomach.

On Saturday, Scots across the world will dine on haggis to celebrate the birthday of Robert Burns, the 18th-century Scottish poet. But for haggis purists in the United States, celebrating Burns Night can be a challenge. Since the 1970s, the Department of Agriculture’s food-safety division has banned the sale of sheep lungs, which give traditional haggis its distinctive crumbly texture.

Many of the millions of Americans with Scottish ancestry have happily settled for an increasingly wide array of lung-less haggis (or, repulsed by the thought of eating sheep innards, avoided the dish entirely). For decades, however, a small but impassioned contingent has resorted to illicit methods to bring authentic haggis onto American soil, motivated by a commitment to tradition and a fondness for the taste and texture of boiled lung.

“If people want something, they’re going to get it,” said Patrick Angus Carr, the chairman of the New York branch of the Saint Andrew’s Society, a Scottish heritage group. “How much cocaine and fentanyl is smuggled into the country every day?”

Some of the haggis smugglers are ordinary expats nostalgic for a taste of home. Others are butchers or even famous chefs. Nick Nairn, a celebrity chef in Scotland, made his name in the 1990s as the youngest Scot to win a Michelin star, and once cooked birthday lunch for Queen Elizabeth. But he has also engaged in occasional freelance haggis smuggling. For three years in the mid-2000s, Mr. Nairn brought haggis into New York for a wealthy client’s Burns Night celebration, packing the sausage into a black, hard-shell suitcase.

Twice, he made it through the airport without a hitch. But even the best-laid schemes of haggis smugglers can quickly go awry. On his third trip, Mr. Nairn, groggy and hung over after a few too many glasses of wine on the plane, noticed an airport sniffer dog running toward his bag.

“You just kind of crap yourself, because it’s officialdom, and obviously you’ve done something wrong,” Mr. Nairn said in a recent interview. “You don’t muck about in the U.S. when it comes to that sort of stuff.”

Mr. Nairn’s haggis was confiscated — and later incinerated, an airport official told him — but he avoided a fine.

Such incidents are common in the haggis black market. The full extent of the smuggling is unclear, but anecdotal evidence suggests that a fair number of Americans have crossed the border into Canada to buy haggis made with lungs. (While the use and importation of animal lungs are banned in Canada, some butchers there have been known to sell authentic haggis anyway.) Others have gone further: slaughtering a lamb themselves, then extracting the lungs and making haggis at home.

Over the last four years, United States customs officials have seized around 17,300 “ruminant byproducts” at airports across the country and land crossings along the Canadian border — a total that includes haggis as well as other types of animal imports, including certain goat and elk products, according to agency records.

That figure is a small fraction of the more than 1.4 million agricultural products confiscated at those same ports of entry since 2015. But at least some illicit haggis makes it past American authorities. Paul Bradshaw, a Toronto butcher who learned his trade from a “haggis master” in Scotland, said he had sold authentic haggis to hundreds of Americans.

“You can kind of get away with it,” Mr. Bradshaw said. “I would just label it ‘lamb sausage’ if I knew they were crossing the border.”

Mr. Bradshaw stopped selling haggis in 2017 to focus on other parts of his business, but he said he planned to continue making it at home, mailing the sheep innards to his family in Florida in boxes labeled “clothing” or “gifts.”

A newcomer to the world of international haggis smuggling might be forgiven for wondering why anyone would consider breaking the law to obtain an animal lung. For some Burns Night devotees, however, the historical roots of haggis exert a strong emotional pull: Before Burns helped popularize it in his poem “Address to a Haggis,” the dish was typically consumed by peasants who had to use every part of the sheep to make the most of scarce resources.

“I wanted to do everything as authentic as possible,” said Blair Watkins, a teacher in Virginia who holds an annual Burns Night celebration for his friends. This month, after a butcher refused to sell him sheep lungs, Mr. Watkins went to a nearby farm and slaughtered a lamb himself.

“We should utilize everything that we can,” he said. “It’s the right thing to do.”

Other purists insist that no substitute can adequately replace the texture or taste of lung.

“It’s a bit dirty-tasting,” said Ben Reade, a Scottish chef who once smuggled a suitcase full of sheep innards into Denmark. “It probably tastes a little bit like a sheep’s breath smells.”

Haggis smugglers often complain of a single American “import ban.” Really, though, haggis is subject to two prohibitions.

Since 1971, the Department of Agriculture has banned the production and importation of animal lungs because of the risk that gastrointestinal fluid might leak into them during the slaughtering process, raising the likelihood of food-borne illness. And in 1989, the government banned imports of beef and lamb from regions, including Britain, affected by bovine spongiform encephalopathy, better known as mad cow disease.

Scottish butchers have fought these bans for decades, arguing that the American government’s food-safety concerns are exaggerated. Now there is some hope that Brexit will revive the debate. Once it leaves the European Union, Britain will seek to negotiate a trade deal with the United States, which could open the door to renewed discussion of the haggis prohibitions.

“It is still the case that, you know, the United States of America, the people of the United States of America, don’t eat any British lamb or beef or haggis from Scotland,” the British prime minister, Boris Johnson, said at a meeting with Vice President Mike Pence in September. “We think we could free up the U.S. market.”

Still, not all haggis devotees believe that the sausage has to come from Scotland or even contain lung. Over the last two decades, several American companies have developed alternatives to the traditional haggis recipe, replacing the lungs with ingredients like beef liver.

Scottish Gourmet USA, a North Carolina company that uses liver in its lung-less haggis, supplies major Burns Night celebrations across the country, shipping thousands of boxes a year, said Anne Robinson, the company’s founder.

Still, Ms. Robinson said, she continues to get calls and emails every year from Scots whose haggis has been confiscated or who want advice on obtaining lung.

“They ask me: ‘What can I do? How can I do it?’” she explained. “And I say: ‘You’ll have to find your own local butcher who will actually sell you whatever parts you need. Or you’ll have to make it yourself and butcher your own lamb.’”

Either that, or take your chances at the airport. About 15 years ago, Matthew McAllister, a native Glaswegian working in Connecticut, wanted to take Scottish haggis to an office potluck.

Over Christmas vacation, he bought haggis from a butcher in Glasgow, and carefully covered it with T-shirts. But when he landed at Newark and retrieved his luggage, his suitcase was wrapped in tape, with a notice explaining that items had been removed.

“It felt like a part of my home had been taken from me,” he said.

Mr. McAllister showed up at the potluck empty-handed. As the group munched on samosas, he explained that the boiled sheep innards he had tried to bring from Scotland had been confiscated.

“They all laughed,” he recalled, “and said this was probably the best thing that could’ve happened.”

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says she’s unlikely to back Warren, Sanders or Biden: ‘They haven’t reached out’

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says she plans to endorse a Democratic candidate for president before the Illinois primary March — but she’s unlikely to back Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders or Joe Biden.

“They haven’t reached out,” Lightfoot told the Chicago Sun-Times. “They’ve been to Chicago. They were very supportive of the Chicago Teachers Union strike but didn’t feel it was necessary to talk to the new black LGBTQ mayor.”

“[I’m] apparently not progressive enough for them,” she shrugged, referring to Warren and Sanders. “I’m certainly not endorsing somebody that has never bothered to reach out. So the other person that I haven’t heard from directly is Biden.”

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Biden has been to the city several times for fundraising events but hasn’t contacted the mayor, the Sun-Times reported.

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Lightfoot has met with Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., billionaire Michael Bloomberg, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick but didn’t indicate who she might endorse.

While Lightfoot said a candidate whose values sync with hers is important, her number one attribute is someone who can beat President Trump, “because the idea of four more years of …Trump is incredibly frightening to me.”

“We’re looking for somebody who is practical, who’s speaking to the values of the person, who’s worrying about whether they have a paycheck, whether they’re gonna be able to take care of their kids, may have savings, build a future, and somebody who is going to be smart and able and put together a good team to take on the challenges that Americans are facing,” she told the Sun-Times.

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She added that it’s important for the candidate to recognize that mayors “touch the lives of more Americans on a day-to-day basis than anybody else and that the direct delivery of services to our people is critically important every single day.”

Lightfoot has been in Washington this week, attending the winter meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, but says she plans to be elsewhere — at Trump’s Senate impeachment trial — when the president addresses the group Friday.

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What to Watch For in Trump’s Impeachment Trial on Friday

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Entering their final day of formal arguments, House impeachment managers are poised to bring to a close the case against President Trump that they have been methodically assembling since Wednesday.

There have been conspicuous signs that fatigue is growing among the senators, who have already heard nearly 16 hours of presentations. Some have looked restless, leaving their desks, whispering during session and even nodding off — all testing the limits of trial rules.

As patience wavers, both the House managers and Mr. Trump’s lawyers might be reconsidering how to keep the room engaged. The managers could take one more eight-hour day to put the finishing touches on their case, or they could move quickly to a concise conclusion. Meanwhile, the defense lawyers will be fine-tuning the opening arguments they are scheduled to begin delivering on Saturday, as well as weighing how extensive their presentation should be.

What we’re expecting to see: The conclusion of the House managers’ opening arguments.

When we’re likely to see it: The managers are expected to return to the floor at 1 p.m. as usual, allowing Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. to keep his morning schedule in the Supreme Court. The managers will continue to deliver their arguments until the remainder of their allotted 24 hours expires or they decide to wrap up their case.

How to follow it: The New York Times’s congressional team will be following the developments on Capitol Hill and reporters covering the White House will get the latest from Mr. Trump’s defense team. Visit nytimes.com for coverage throughout the day.

Republicans seemed largely unmoved on Thursday by calls from Democrats to introduce new witnesses, a move that could significantly lengthen the trial. Despite chatter about a potential “witness trade” deal in which each side could call a number of witnesses of interest, such a deal seemed unlikely.

On the trial’s sidelines, senators have sporadically been making their stances known. Earlier Thursday, Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader, said he was cautiously optimistic that enough Republicans would join him in voting to call witnesses like John R. Bolton, the former national security adviser, and Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff. During a break Wednesday night, Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, told reporters he would resist pressure from his colleagues to call the whistle-blower or members of the Biden family to testify.

Without witnesses, the impeachment trial could go to a vote and conclude as early as next week.

After a long week, proposals started circulating on Thursday for an abbreviated trial schedule on Saturday, perhaps starting closer to 10 a.m. Under current rules, Mr. Trump’s lawyers would begin at the usual 1 p.m.

The prospect of starting, and potentially ending, early on Saturday would give senators the chance to leave Washington sooner, and allow the four senators running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination to log a few extra hours on the campaign trail.

But timing might also factor into Mr. Trump’s lawyers’ strategy, and they could be disinclined to break early. If they see advantages in forging ahead with as much of their opening arguments as possible before next week, the legal team may favor taking a full day on Saturday.

Both Democrats and Republicans would have to agree to any adjustments to the schedule.

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