The FBI brings in 3-4 new recruit classes each year (last I had good info). The Agent work force has 400-500 new agents each year. An overwhelming majority of agents stay to retirement -- 25 or more years. So most agents "retiring" today came into the Bureau in the mid-1990s.
They stay, even when unhappy or disgruntled with the politics because the pension is so unlike anything else -- it's why many take the job. They get a decent % of their "High 3" -- for life -- starting the day they retire. And they can retire at 50, making 2nd careers common.
The political makeup of the FBI agent force changes slowly, and over a significant period of time. It hires a large number of people coming from the military or moving from state/local law enforcement to federal law enforcement. Many agents today had Iraq/Afghan war experience.
DOJ has a far far lower % of prosecutors who stay for 20+ years. AUSAs and DOJ trial attorneys do not enjoy civil service protections, and it is very easy to "force" them to quit and go into private practice simply by making them handle cases they don't want to handle.
The Obama Administration -- 2008 to 2016 -- worked a MASSIVE overhaul on the DOJ workforce of prosecutors. They brought in huge numbers of new attorneys from law school or with 1-2 years experience, and the vast majority had liberal interest group leanings or work experience.
It made the prosecutorial force much more liberal. It takes almost no time for liberal "career" attorneys -- a meaningless term inside DOJ -- to move into supervisory positions. When I had 20 years experience, I was being supervised by a young liberal with 4 years experience.
In a USAO or DOJ Trial Section, the supervisors can 100% control the cases pursued and the cases not pursued.

Now, if you can't understand that an insider has a perspective on how various components of DOJ are ACTUALLY DIFFERENT, then your just a moron who is not worth the time.

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(1)  resulted in a decision that was contrary to, or involved an unreasonable application of, clearly established Federal law, as determined by the Supreme Court 2/
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