Melinda Haag is calling on top Justice Department officials to shield federal law enforcement agents and lawyers from the political turmoil she says led to the firing of FBI Director James Comey.
"It appears that there's political interference here, or at least a strong smell of political interference," said Haag, who served as U.S. attorney for the Northern District of California from 2010 to 2015.
Comey's FBI was in the midst of investigating allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians.
President Trump's firing of the director is "startling and troubling and it certainly smacks of politics," said Haag.
Haag is now in private practice. She is the global head of litigation at the San Francisco-based Orrick law firm. After being appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate, Haag oversaw some of the Bay Area's most significant criminal cases, including the prosecutions of former state Sen. Leland Yee and Giants slugger Barry Bonds.