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Fired: After poor results Frank Lampard is no longer Chelsea manager | The State

He Chelsea have fired their coach Frank Lampard due to the poor results obtained this season, the team reported this Monday, and will be replaced by the German Thomas tuchelaccording to the Sky Sports television channel.

With this decision, the 42-year-old former Chelsea midfielder leaves the post after just eighteen months, with the team in ninth position in the Premier League after 19 games, following the recent loss to Leicester City.

According to the British media, ampard, from where he was fired last December to make way for Argentine Mauricio Pochettino.

It has been a very difficult decision, and one that has not been taken lightly by owner Roman Abramovich and the Council, ”the club said in a statement.

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For its part, Abramovich highlighted the “excellent personal relationship and respect” that he feels for the technician, but considered it convenient to replace him “under the current circumstances.” “He is an important icon of this great club and its status here does not diminish. You will always be welcome at Stamford Bridge ”, stressed the owner.

Not even the great investment in transfers made by Abramovich last summer, with the incorporation of figures such as Kai Havertz, Timo Werner or Hakim Ziyech, has managed to secure Lampard on a bench as hot as Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea had a great 17-game unbeaten streak this season, before begin to collapse in mid-December in a series of defeats against direct rivals for the Champions League positions.

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Fired Hillsong pastor Carl Lentz spotted watching sunrise on Manhattan Beach

Disgraced Hillsong pastor Carl Lentz was spotted spending some time alone in Southern California ahead of the weekend, weeks after spending the holidays away from his family in rehab.  

The 42-year-old ousted megachurch leader appeared to be taking time to reflect early Friday morning as he watched the sunrise from a bench at Manhattan Beach pier all by himself. 

Lentz, who rose to fame as a celebrity pastor with close ties to Justin Bieber, looked downcast and pensive as he sat and gazed out at the ocean. Sporting a leather jacket over a black hoodie and shorts, he was almost unrecognizable due to his scruffy, unkempt beard. 

At one point, he took out a pen and notepad and scribbled down some notes. He also brought along his laptop which he checked a few times before heading back to his $18,000-a-month rental home where he relocated after he was fired from his church in New York.  

Lentz politely spoke to photographers as he walked back to his car before his ride home. He refused to comment on friend Justin Bieber becoming a pastor, saying: ‘I have nothing to say, my man. Sorry.’ 

Alone time: Disgraced Hillsong pastor Carl Lentz took some time to reflect ahead of the weekend as he watched the sunrise at Manhattan Beach pier in Southern California 

Sporting a leather jacket over a black hoodie and shorts, Lentz looked nearly unrecognizable due to his scruffy, unkempt beard

Sporting a leather jacket over a black hoodie and shorts, Lentz looked nearly unrecognizable due to his scruffy, unkempt beard

The 42-year-old looked downcast and pensive as he sat and gazed out at the ocean for about half an hour

The 42-year-old looked downcast and pensive as he sat and gazed out at the ocean for about half an hour 

At one point, he pulled out a notepad and pen and began jotting down some notes

At one point, he pulled out a notepad and pen and began jotting down some notes 

When complimented on his new look and growing beard he replied: ‘Thanks, It’s got some grey in it.’

Earlier this week Lentz was spotted cozying up to his Australian wife Laura while running errands in Los Angeles. 

He looked a little worse for wear again with his hair grown out as he headed out to Target in Redondo Beach on Sunday. 

Laura, whom he married in 2003 and with whom he shares three kids, was seen wearing her wedding band on her finger and her arm around Carl’s for the outing.   

The couple has put on a united front since Carl, who worked with Hillsong for 10 years and was the head pastor of its New York City chapter, was fired in November for having an affair and he admitted to cheating on his wife. 

It comes after Lentz entered a treatment program in early December to treat mental health issues following his firing, at an outpatient facility that specialized in ‘depression, anxiety and pastoral burnout,’ according to People Magazine. 

Friday's outing comes just weeks after Lentz completed a 30-day stint in rehab for mental health issues, following his termination from the megachurch

Friday’s outing comes just weeks after Lentz completed a 30-day stint in rehab for mental health issues, following his termination from the megachurch 

He refused to comment on friend Justin Bieber becoming a pastor, saying: 'I have nothing to say, my man. Sorry.'

Carl Lentz

He refused to comment on friend Justin Bieber becoming a pastor, saying: ‘I have nothing to say, my man. Sorry.’

Lentz, who had risen to fame as a celebrity pastor with close ties to Justin Bieber, was fired in November for 'moral failures' after it was revealed he had cheated on his wife Laura

All eyes on her:  Though Carl never said who his affair was with, New York City designer Ranin Karim, 34, went public days after the scandal broke claiming she ended their months-long secret relationship in early November

Lentz, who had risen to fame as a celebrity pastor with close ties to Justin Bieber, was fired in November for ‘moral failures’ after it was revealed he had cheated on his wife Laura (left). Though he never spoke out on his affair, New York City designer Ranin Karim (right) 34, went public days after the scandal broke claiming she ended their months-long secret relationship 

‘He wants to be better for his family and is dedicated to doing the work,’ a source said to the magazine at the time. ‘His family is supporting him and hopes their privacy will be respected on this journey.’

They added: ‘He has no ill will towards the church and recognizes that they needed to take some course of action to address his missteps.’ 

During his 10 years with Hillsong, Lentz adopted a hip manner of dress and fostered friendships with young celebrities to help boost the church’s image, even as he publicly said that homosexuality and abortion were sins.

But a statement from Hillsong founder Brian Houston on November 4 announced he had been removed form his post over ‘ongoing discussions in relation to leadership issues and breaches of trust, plus a recent revelation of moral failures.’ 

‘They have a heart for people and we are confident that after a time of rest and restoration, God will use Carl in another way outside of Hillsong church,’ the statement continued. ‘In terminating his tenure, we in no way want to diminish the good work he did here.’

Playing the part: Lentz adopted a hip style of dress and surrounded himself with celebrities like Justin Bieber, though he publicly called homosexuality and abortion a sin; seen in 2017

Playing the part: Lentz adopted a hip style of dress and surrounded himself with celebrities like Justin Bieber, though he publicly called homosexuality and abortion a sin; seen in 2017

Lentz was the pastor of Hillsong’s New York branch, though he appears to spend plenty of time on the West Coast as well.

The scandal appears to have impacted his relationship with Bieber and his wife Hailey, as both unfollowed him on Instagram after having spent extensive time with him.

Last year, Lentz baptized Bieber and even presided over his wedding. 

In December, DailyMail.com exclusively reported on audio of Houston addressing church leaders and top donors in which he claimed Lentz had ‘more than one affair’ leading up to his firing.

He called them ‘significant’ and added that some ‘bad moral behavior had gone back historically,’ though he wasn’t referring to these recent affairs, which were apparently consensual.

Shortly after the scandal broke, New York City–based designer Ranin Karim claimed that she had carried on a months-long affair with him.

The Egyptian and Palestinian designer says the relationship began after a chance meeting in New York’s Domino Park. Karim said the pair had begun their ‘love story’ against the backdrop of Covid-19 and found comfort in each other during the strange time.

Lentz's Instagram post where he confessed to cheating on his wife of 17 years Laura

Lentz’s Instagram post where he confessed to cheating on his wife of 17 years Laura

The 34-year-old claimed Lentz would ‘brag about his BMW’ and talk about his friendship with pop star Justin Bieber.

Lentz had baptised Bieber at the church and also brushed shoulders with other celebrities along the likes of Drake, Vanessa Hudgens, and various NBA stars.

According to her, Lentz only ever gave his first name and claimed to be a sports agent.

When Karim found out Lentz was married, she claims she told him to end their fling.

‘When I found out he was married, I told him repeatedly ‘go back to your wife, go back to your family,’ but he kept turning up in the lobby of my apartment block with bottles of Clase Azul tequila for us to drink,’ she claimed.

‘He said he felt bad for what he was doing to his wife, that she was an amazing, good woman, that he had never done it before but his marriage wasn’t perfect.’

Karim believes Lentz was looking for a way out of his ‘boring’ marriage.

Lentz’s wife, Laura, uncovered the affair because Lentz had synced his iPhone messages to his iCloud. She discovered messages from Karim to him on his work computer while in the Hillsong offices, surrounded by co-workers.

Despite the alleged affairs, Lentz’s wife Laura appears to be sticking with him, and his family is reportedly supportive.    

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Fired FBI director James Comey says Biden should consider pardoning Trump for the Capitol riot

Fired FBI director James Comey has said Joe Biden should consider pardoning Donald Trump for the Capitol riot even though the president ‘belongs in jail.’ 

Comey said he was ‘sickened’ by last week’s storming of the Capitol and ‘angered’ by the lax security which allowed the Trump mob to run amok, leaving five people dead.

He argued that impeaching Trump would be ‘good for our country’ and said that the ‘lawless nihilist’ should be ousted from the White House before Joe Biden’s inauguration. 

But he stopped short of calling for a prosecution for Trump, who has previously threatened Comey with ‘many years in jail’ over the Russia report.

‘I obviously think he belongs in jail but I don’t think pursuing that is in the best interest of the entire nation,’ Comey said.

The BBC’s Emily Maitlis asked whether Biden ought to pardon Trump in the same way that Gerald Ford did Richard Nixon after Watergate in 1974.

‘I don’t know, he should at least consider it,’ Comey said. ‘As part of healing the country and getting us to a place where we can focus on things that are going to matter over the next four years, I think Joe Biden is going to have to at least think about that.’ 

Comey said that, although 'Trump isn't a genius,' he would probably figure out that accepting a pardon would be an admission of guilt and choose to reject it

Fired FBI director James Comey last night said Donald Trump ‘should be in jail’ for the riot inside the Capitol but said that Joe Biden should consider pardoning him

Comey said that ousting Trump before Biden's inauguration was the right thing to do, but stopped short of calling for the president to be locked up (Trump pictured outside the White House in September, 2019)

Comey said that ousting Trump before Biden’s inauguration was the right thing to do, but stopped short of calling for the president to be locked up (Trump pictured outside the White House in September, 2019)

Comey, whose new book is out this week, said he believes that Trump ‘might figure out’ that by accepting a pardon he admits guilt and so he would probably reject it. 

After Ford pardoned Nixon, the predecessor made a statement of contrition. 

House Republicans have called Nancy Pelosi’s impeachment effort cynical, political and unnecessarily divisive.  

Comey said those who said such things were ‘not worthy of a response.’

Speaking of last Wednesday’s riot, which saw lawmakers barricaded inside their offices as gunfire sounded on the Hill, Comey called the mob ‘domestic terrorists.’

He said: ‘I was sickened as I hope not just all Americans but all human beings were by an attack on a symbol of democracy, the center of democracy for our country and a symbol for the whole world.

‘And I was also angered as a former law enforcement official. For the life of me I can’t understand why that hill was not adequately defended.

‘I think it’s going to be very important for our country to take a look back as we did after 9/11 and understand what happened and why, so it never happens again.’ 

The FBI has warned of further violence ahead of Biden’s inauguration on January 20, telling their staff to prepare for riots across all 50 states. 

Comey was asked whether the MAGA movement represented an extremist threat.

He replied: ‘There’s a reason the American people associate the red hats with something racist and and that they should be fearful of.

‘It’s probably an exaggeration because there’s so many millions of Americans who are not violent people they’re not racist people they’re just been people who’ve been fooled.’

Maitlis asked: ‘Would you see it as a domestic threat now?’

Comey answered: ‘Oh definitely – I’m not talking about the MAGA movement as a whole but significant aspects of – and you saw it live and on television at Capitol Hill – of those people who consider themselves devotees of Donald Trump are people that I would classify as domestic terrorists.’

Trump earlier this week declared a state of emergency in DC as the police briefed House Democrats on three plots to attack the Capitol – including one described as ‘the largest armed protest in American history.’

Thousands of National Guard troops have been drafted in to secure the Hill and the secret service has launched a massive operation to protect Biden’s inauguration ceremony. 

But Comey, who presided over the agency during two inaugurations, said he had the utmost confidence the ceremony would go ahead undisturbed.

‘This for American security services is the Super Bowl of security,’ he said.

‘We know how to secure to completely lock down a large piece of ground and I’m confident that will be done but at the same time I know the threat is real.’ 

The flash of a police munition lights up the steps of the Capitol during the invasion by a Trump-incited mob on Wednesday

The flash of a police munition lights up the steps of the Capitol during the invasion by a Trump-incited mob on Wednesday 

Members of Congress are seen running for cover as protesters attempted to enter the House Chamber

Members of Congress are seen running for cover as protesters attempted to enter the House Chamber

The protesters used flag poles and other objects to break doors and windows around the Capitol building

The protesters used flag poles and other objects to break doors and windows around the Capitol building  

Hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol on January 6 in a bid to block the certification of Joe Biden's victory

Hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol on January 6 in a bid to block the certification of Joe Biden’s victory

He was pressed on this point and asked why it had been allowed to happen in the first place – the FBI must have been well aware that thousands of Trump supporters were heading to Washington DC.

But while Comey said he was unable to pass judgment on that, he said he believed that the current FBI director Christopher Wray may have deliberately kept a low profile over the last three years to avoid upsetting Trump.

Comey, whose firing led to the Mueller investigation, said: ‘I think the FBI director who followed me has been very careful to maintain a lower profile so that he doesn’t get fired by an erratic president and have the FBI decapitated at a critical time in our nation.

‘I bet he’s thinking that right now, this week it’s important not to let the Eye of Sauron fall on you and and have the FBI director fired.’

The Eye of Sauron refers to the evil all-seeing eye in the Lord of the Rings books by English author J.R.R. Tolkein. 

The former FBI chief said he hoped that Trump would be ignored by the Biden administration and the American people over the next four years.

‘The best decision for the United States of America will be not to grant Donald Trump the platform that prosecuting him would give him for every day for three or four years in the nation’s capital as United States versus Trump.

‘I think the better thing for our country and our new president is to push Donald Trump to the side a bit.

‘I’d rather the TV lights go out and he stand on the lawn at Mar-a-Lago shouting at cars in his bathrobe where none of us can hear that.’ 

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GitHub reportedly fired a Jewish employee who warned co-workers to stay safe from Nazis

GitHub reportedly fired a Jewish employee after he posted a message in Slack that said “stay safe homies, Nazis are about” the day of the attack on the US Capitol, according to Business Insider.

The message sparked controversy inside the company, with one colleague criticizing him for using divisive language. GitHub’s HR team chastised the employee for using the word “Nazi” in a company Slack channel. Two days later, GitHub allegedly fired him, citing vague patterns of behavior. The employee asked Business Insider to remain anonymous for fear of online harassment.

The move shows a lack of understanding on the part of GitHub management, both about the gravity of the attack on the US Capitol and the contextual use of the word Nazi. After Business Insider published its report, the company was widely criticized on Twitter for trying to “both sides” the issue.

Now, roughly 200 of GitHub’s 1,700 employees have signed a letter asking executives to take a stronger stance against anti-Semitism and white supremacy. They also want to know why the employee was fired.

GitHub CEO Nat Friedman told workers that “the company is actively looking into the circumstances surrounding the separation of an employee last week and will take any and all appropriate action following a thorough investigation.”

The employee said he posted the message because he was concerned for his relatives and co-workers living in Washington, DC. He had family who died in the Holocaust and saw that some of the rioters were associated with neo-Nazi organizations.

GitHub, an open-source developer platform, was acquired by Microsoft in 2018. The day of the attack on the US Capitol, Microsoft President Brad Smith retweeted a statement calling on President Trump to “put an end to the chaos and to facilitate the peaceful transition of power.” Microsoft also said it would pause political contributions, much like Facebook and Amazon.

Before his Slack account was deactivated, the employee expressed bewilderment at the blowback he’d received from his message. “I did not know that, as a Jew, it would be so polarizing to say this word,” he said in a Slack channel for Jewish employees. “We grew up saying [Nazi]. It was a story we told because we had to— the decimation of whole lines of ancestry were at the hands of people who went by that title.”

This is the second time GitHub has faced significant criticism from employees in recent years. In 2019, more than 150 workers signed a letter asking the company to cancel a $200,000 contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It also comes on the heels of recent employee activism at companies like Twitter and Google. In December, Google fired AI ethicist Timnit Gebru, prompting a wave of condemnation from tech workers across Silicon Valley.

GitHub did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Verge.

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Lisa Vanderpump doesn’t believe fired Vanderpump Rules stars are racist but actions were ‘ignorant’

Lisa Vanderpump doesn’t believe fired Vanderpump Rules stars Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute are racist but their actions were ‘stupid and ignorant’

Lisa Vanderpump has defended Vanderpump Rules castmembers including Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute who were fired last year over a racist incident.

The 60-year-old restaurant mogul appeared on an episode of Dear Media’s The Skinny Confidential Him & Her Podcast on Monday as she reflected on their removals.

She denied that any of her former employees are racist as she said: ‘It wasn’t right what they did at all, but do I think they’re racist a thousand percent? No… I have a lot of diverse people working for me that they [were] very close to over the years.

Taking a stand: Lisa Vanderpump (seen in November 2019) has defended Vanderpump Rules castmembers including Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute who were fired last year over a racist incident

Center of controversy: Schroeder and Doute seen in September 2015

Center of controversy: Schroeder and Doute seen in September 2015

‘Do I think it was a racist action? No, not at all. I just think it was just awful timing and stupid and ignorant.’

Vanderpump went on to say that she does not listen to every interview that her staffers do but added: ‘You can’t be cavalier just because you’re young and unaware.’

In June of 2020, Bravo announced that two of Vanderpump Rules’ original cast members, Schroeder and Doute, would not being returning to the show.

'I just think it was just awful timing and stupid and ignorant': The 60-year-old restaurant mogul appeared on an episode of Dear Media's The Skinny Confidential Him & Her Podcast on Monday as she reflected on their removals

‘I just think it was just awful timing and stupid and ignorant’: The 60-year-old restaurant mogul appeared on an episode of Dear Media’s The Skinny Confidential Him & Her Podcast on Monday as she reflected on their removals

Their firing came after former co-star Faith Stowers exposed the pair for once ‘reporting her to the police for a crime she’d had nothing to do with.’

Two of Vanderpump Rules’ newer stars, Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni, were also sacked from the series for publishing ‘racist’ tweets in the past.

‘Bravo and Evolution Media confirmed today that Stassi Schroeder, Kristen Doute, Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni will not be returning to Vanderpump Rules,’ read the network’s official statement. 

More recently it was revealed the the series’ most controversial character Jax Taylor, as well as his wife Brittany Cartwright, would be bidding farewell to Vanderpump Rules.

Ouch: In June of 2020, Bravo announced that two of Vanderpump Rules' original cast members, Schroeder and Doute, would not being returning to the show

Ouch: In June of 2020, Bravo announced that two of Vanderpump Rules’ original cast members, Schroeder and Doute, would not being returning to the show

The latest: Their firing came after former co-star Faith Stowers exposed the pair for once 'reporting her to the police for a crime she'd had nothing to do with'

The latest: Their firing came after former co-star Faith Stowers exposed the pair for once ‘reporting her to the police for a crime she’d had nothing to do with’

Back in November they took to social media to say that they were departing from the program ahead of its ninth season, as they’re expecting their first child.

‘The last 8 years on Vanderpump Rules have been some of the most challenging, rewarding and fulfilling years of my life,’ Taylor said. ‘We are excited to take this time to focus on our growing family and share with you our new endeavors. Stay tuned, We can’t wait to share what we have planned.’ 

A Bravo spokesperson told Variety at the time that Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright ‘will not be returning to Vanderpump Rules’ amid the outlet’s report Jax had been fired. 

'Thank you to all of our fans': More recently it was revealed the the series' most controversial character Jax Taylor, as well as his wife Brittany Cartwright, would be bidding farewell to Vanderpump Rules

‘Thank you to all of our fans’: More recently it was revealed the the series’ most controversial character Jax Taylor, as well as his wife Brittany Cartwright, would be bidding farewell to Vanderpump Rules

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Miracle in Newark: not a bullet was fired in 2020 by the police in the largest city of NJ, neighboring the violent New York | The State

The “peace” program started in 2016

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While gun violence doubled in NYC last year, in neighboring Newark, the most populous city in New Jersey, the police did not fire a single bullet.

City officials attribute the positive statistic to continued training for the Police Department in a challenging year.

“This is positive proof that our de-escalation training is highly effective. Our officers have embraced it and are actively employing this resource when engaging with the community, ”Anthony Ambrose, Newark’s director of public safety, said in a statement.

Newark Police began training in 2018. The department defines its de-escalation tactics as “verbal and non-verbal actions used by members, when secure and without compromising law enforcement objectives, to minimize the likelihood of the need to use force during an incident and increase the probability of voluntary compliance ”.

He more community-centered approach started earlier, in 2016, as part of a blanket settlement after a Justice Department investigation found that officers routinely used excessive force and made street stops that disproportionately affected minorities, following many accusations from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) since 2010.

Minutes after the start of 2021, however, the department’s record ended when Newark police shot and killed a 39-year-old man, according to the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office.

But the priority of not shooting remains. Newark officers also recovered 496 illegal firearms in 2020 and made 339 arrests, a 7% increase over those totals in 2019, he noted. Fox News.

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Video of the last goodbye to Ximena Hita, Miss Aguascalientes: “This is how a queen is fired” | The State

The year was just beginning when the Miss Mexico Organization announced the unfortunate death of Ximena hita, Miss Aguascalientes, who was just 21 years old and preparing to be a paramedic, in addition to working in a foundation that sought to prevent suicide.

And on social networks, an extremely moving video of what was his last goodbye was circulated in his native Aguascalientes, in which the team of paramedics that was part of paying honors around the coffin adorned with an arrangement of sunflowers on the outskirts of a religion center.

“Ximena Luna Hita? Present!” Exclaimed the paramedics amid the tears of their loved ones. Later they dedicated several seconds of applause to him.

In the clip they wrote: “This is how a queen is fired”, and it should be noted that, judging by her social networks, the beauty queen had a happy life, full of work, projects and the love of her loved ones, so his death was surprising to everyone.

Although investigations into the causes of the death are still continuing, the first reports indicated that it was a suicide. Well, police elements responded to a call that alerted them to an unconscious person inside their home and of whom, upon arrival at the site, a woman told them that she had found her daughter hanging inside her room.

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Fired FBI director James Comey says Donald Trump should NOT be prosecuted after office

Fired FBI director James Comey says Donald Trump should NOT be prosecuted after leaving office no matter ‘how powerful the evidence strewn across his history of porn stars and financial fraud’

  • James Comey has written a new book outlining his view of Trump’s presidency
  • He said the new attorney general should not prosecute him after office
  • The fired FBI director says the ‘trust of the American people’ must be regained
  • Comey has been a fierce critic of Trump since he was ousted in 2017 

Former FBI director James Comey has said Donald Trump should not be prosecuted after he leaves office.

Comey, who was unceremoniously fired in 2017 and has been the subject of a series of stinging attacks by Trump, said the next US attorney general should not pursue a criminal investigation, regardless of the evidence against the President.

He writes in a new book that the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller and ‘the evidence strewn across his history of porn stars and financial fraud’ should be forgotten in order for the nation to heal.

Former FBI director James Comey has said Donald Trump should not be prosecuted after he leaves office

Comey said, according to The Guardian who have obtained a copy of his forthcoming book: ‘Although those cases might be righteous in a vacuum, the mission of the next attorney general must be fostering the trust of the American people.’

Trump has been the subject of allegations of financial impropriety and tax fraud throughout his presidency, as well as facing questions over campaign finance spending after hush money was paid to adult film actress Stormy Daniels.

But the former intelligence chief says the next attorney general must rise above the ‘partisan scrum’ to restore political order. 

Comey has been a powerful critic of Trump since he was ousted and he has subsequently faced the wrath of the President.

His new book, Saving Justice: Truth, Transparency and Trust is his second since office and will be published on January 12, eight days before Joe Biden’s inauguration.

The 60-year-old’s first book A Higher Loyalty was published in 2018 and has since been adapted for HBO as The Comey Rule starring Brendan Gleeson as Trump and te Jeff Daniels as the author.

Comey was unceremoniously fired in 2017 and has been the subject of a series of stinging attacks by Trump

Comey was unceremoniously fired in 2017 and has been the subject of a series of stinging attacks by Trump

Trump turfed out the head of the FBI in May 2017 while Comey was leading the investigation into whether Trump’s presidential campaign had colluded with Russia.

But the President claimed the move was over Comey’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe.

He had previously led the inquiry into her use of a private email server while she was Secretary of State under Barack Obama.

She has since accused Comey of costing her the 2016 election because of his decision to reopen his investigation just days before the vote.

His shock firing made Trump only the second president in US history to fire his FBI director.

The former intelligence chief has been a powerful critic of Trump since he was fired and has subsequently faced the wrath of the President

The former intelligence chief has been a powerful critic of Trump since he was fired and has subsequently faced the wrath of the President

The decision formed part of Mueller’s probe into possible obstruction of justice by the president as he investigated links between Moscow and the White House.

Biden has not yet named his nominee for attorney general but Sally Yates, the former deputy attorney general, is said to be among the frontrunners.

She briefly led the department but was also ousted by Trump after she ordered the Justice Department not to defend the President’s so-called Muslim Ban executive order.

In his new book, Comey discusses his investigation of Clinton and his service under Trump.

He also heavily criticizes Trump’s second attorney general William Barr for his interference into the Mueller report.

Comey led the inquiry into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was Secretary of State under Barack Obama

Comey led the inquiry into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was Secretary of State under Barack Obama

Barr claimed Trump had been exonerated over claims of obstruction of justice when in fact, he had not.

In his new book, Comey laments Trump’s partisanship and that of supposedly apolitical figures such as Barr, who resigned last month.

He writes: ‘The traditional blindfold on Lady Justice’ has been ‘replaced with a MAGA hat’. 

However, Comey said he does not believe Trump should be pardoned by Biden after he leaves office.

The President has reportedly been considering pardoning himself although some question whether he can do that. 

Presidential pardons do not touch state law, and Trump is currently being investigated by Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance over his financial affairs.

The Trump Organization is also being probed by New York attorney general Letitia James.  

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Congressional candidate’s pharmacist fiance is FIRED afterattending Mar-a-Lago NYE party

A Republican Congressional candidate has claimed his pharmacist fiancé was fired after the New York Times linked to his Instagram showing the couple ringing in the new year at Mar-a-Lago.

George Santos, who unsuccessfully sought a seat for New York’s 3rd District, lashed out at the newspaper on Saturday, accusing it of exposing his family to ‘danger’ and stripping his fiancé of his ‘livelihood.’  

‘My fiancé & I had to leave our home this evening with our 4 dogs thanks to the @nytimes publishing of my Instagram showing me attending the #MarALago New Year’s Eve party,’ Santos said in a tweet.   

He explained his fiance, a pharmacist who had worked ’12h/7day shifts’ for nine months during the pandemic, lost his job as a result of the article. 

Failed congressional candidate for New York’s 3rd District, George Santos (right) claimed his fiance (left) was fired after the New York Times linked to his Instagram showing photos of the couple celebrating NYE in Mar-a-Lago 

Santos shared a tweet on Saturday claiming the couple had to leave their home after his fiance lost his job as a pharmacist over the photos

Santos shared a tweet on Saturday claiming the couple had to leave their home after his fiance lost his job as a pharmacist over the photos 

‘The violence against us is real,’ Santos added, although he did not elaborate as to why the couple had to leave their home.   

President Trump’s annual New Year’s Eve bash drew criticism this year after hundreds of guests gathered at the resort despite coronavirus cases, deaths and hospitalizations soaring to record levels across the US.

A NYT report of the gala on Friday, included a link to Santos’s Instagram, which is public, which offered a glimpse inside the opulent Palm Beach venue where 500 guests were reported to have been invited. 

Santos shared multiple photos of the ornately decorated ballroom, the dinner menu, as well as some of him and his fiance posing with Trump allies like Rudy Giuliani. 

In some of photos, guests were seen huddled closely together, with no masks in sight.

Santos, of Queens, New York, had shared multiple photos from the party where he was seen rubbing shoulders with Trump allies including Rudy Giuliani

Santos, of Queens, New York, had shared multiple photos from the party where he was seen rubbing shoulders with Trump allies including Rudy Giuliani 

Trump's annual New Year's Eve gala at his Mar-a-Lago resort drew criticism this year after hundreds of maskless guests gathered at the ballroom amid rising coronavirus cases

Trump’s annual New Year’s Eve gala at his Mar-a-Lago resort drew criticism this year after hundreds of maskless guests gathered at the ballroom amid rising coronavirus cases

Santos accused the NYT of stripping his fiance of his 'livelihood'

Santos accused the NYT of stripping his fiance of his ‘livelihood’ 

Tickets to the event were going for $1,000 each, one person attending the gala told DailyMail.com. A person has to be a member of Mar-a-Lago or a guest of a member in order to attend.

The party is a tradition that predates Trump’s time at the White House and hundreds of people typically attend the bash. 

The main ballroom can hold 700 people and there are smaller ballrooms available to add to the crowd size. 

President Trump and First Lady Melania were forced to skip the event this year amid his battle with Congress over the COVID-19 relief bill.  

Santos also shared his grievances on Instagram, writing in a caption: ‘@Nytimes you have exposed my family to danger and have striped (sic) one of us of our livelihood! This is unAmerican.’ 

The New York Times is yet to respond to the Santos’s accusations. 

Inside the huge function room before the revelers arrived for the glittering Palm Beach bash

Inside the huge function room before the revelers arrived for the glittering Palm Beach bash 

Guests dined on a menu that included 'Mr. Trump's Wedge Salad,' cheese tortellini and a Wagyu beef entree

Guests dined on a menu that included ‘Mr. Trump’s Wedge Salad,’ cheese tortellini and a Wagyu beef entree

The Trumps: The president's children gathered at his Mar-a-Lago estate for his annual New Year's Eve gala on Thursday

The Trumps: The president’s children gathered at his Mar-a-Lago estate for his annual New Year’s Eve gala on Thursday 

But despite the controversy, Santos’s account and photos of the party remain publicly accessible. 

Earlier posts from his social media accounts show the 32-year-old rubbing elbows with other members of the Trump clan at other political events. 

In August, he shared a photo at ‘Trumpstock’, a Trump boat parade held in Montauk, Long Island, where he was seen posing alongside Kimberley Guilfoyle.

Santos, from Jackson Heights in Queens, was the first openly gay Congressional candidate in the NY GOP. 

He launched a grassroots campaign in 2020 ‘to stop Socialism from establishing itself in our great country.’ 

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Several shots fired in the Saint-Léonard borough

Several cartridge cases were found on the ground after gunshots were heard around midnight on Saturday in the Saint-Léonard borough in Montreal.

When the police arrived on the rue de Neuilly, near the rue Buies, no person was located and no impact of projectiles was spotted, said the spokesperson for the City Police Department. from Montreal (SPVM), Caroline Chèvrefils.

“A possible suspect would have been seen leaving the scene in a vehicle heading south on Rue Neuilly,” she also said.

The scene was protected to allow SPVM investigators and a forensic identification technician to understand the circumstances of the event.

A canine unit was also requested on site, added the spokesperson.