Why should Department of Justice personnel, and Americans in general, be suspicious of political intrusion into DOJ operations?
Our generation has lived through decades of attacks on citizens' 1st Amendment freedoms by the DOJ in the form of FBI surveillance and undercover attacks on their political activities. From labor organizers to civil rights activists to anti-war protestors, from Woody Guthrie to Eleanor Roosevelt to Martin Luther King, Muhammad Ali, Art Buchwald, Barry Goldwater and Jane Fonda; all investigated not for bank robbery or espionage or terrorism but because of their opinions. And not just famous people but everyday folks with everyday opinions like you and me.
The FBI "supplied political leaders and the media with information from secret files to fight movements spawned by civil rights, trade union, and anti-war groups. The bureau tried to weaken and silence political entities it disliked, restricting the free expression of ideas and taking a leading role in promoting anticommunism . . . Overall, the bureau admitted to about 2,300 covert disruptive acts conducted against Americans, including initiating warrantless break-ins, mailing anonymous and forged letters, spreading misinformation, and disrupting the growth of organizations. In a few cases, the FBI helped to falsely arrest subjects." https://www.mtsu.edu/first-amendment/article/803/federal-bureau-of-investigation
The DOJ has the potential to threaten our political system far more than any form of foreign interference. A salute to those loyal Americans within the DOJ, past and present, who resist that threat.
And our old fogie generation should know and remember this better than many Americans, and make our knowledge known.