Former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderEric Holder says Trump is subject to prosecution after leaving office Eric Holder: Democrats 'have to understand' that 'borders mean something' Trump lawyers ask judge to toss out Dems' tax return lawsuit MORE blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpHarris bashes Kavanaugh's 'sham' nomination process, calls for his impeachment after sexual misconduct allegation Celebrating 'Hispanic Heritage Month' in the Age of Trump Let's not play Charlie Brown to Iran's Lucy MORE for saying he “protected” former President Obama during his time in office, saying as attorney general he “had a president I did not have to protect.”

“The difference between me and [Attorney General] Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsHouse Democrats seeking Sessions's testimony in impeachment probe McCabe's counsel presses US attorney on whether grand jury decided not to indict US attorney recommends moving forward with charges against McCabe after DOJ rejects his appeal MORE — I had a president I did not have to protect,” Holder said in an appearance on “Real Time with Bill Maher.”

“So, this notion that I am somehow protecting Obama from things that he had done inappropriately or illegally is simply not true,” he continued.

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In an interview with The New York Times last year, Trump said he could do what he wanted with the Justice Department. He was asked at the time if he would reopen the investigation into former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDershowitz: 'Too many politicians are being subject to criminal prosecution' The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation Democrats spar over electoral appeal of 'Medicare for All' MORE’s email use during her time as secretary of State.

"I have absolute right to do what I want to do with the Justice Department. But for purposes of hopefully thinking I’m going to be treated fairly, I’ve stayed uninvolved with this particular matter," he told the Times.

He also asserted during the interview that Holder “protected” Obama during his presidency.

“I don’t want to get into loyalty, but I will tell you that, I will say this: Holder protected President Obama. Totally protected him,” Trump said. 

Holder slammed Trump for the remarks at the time, calling them “wrong” and “dangerous.”

“Trump doesn’t have absolute rights with DOJ. But women and men there have ABSOLUTE duty to follow Constitution and rule of law - not a man,” Holder tweeted in December.

Holder’s remarks come after Trump launched a fresh attack against Sessions this week, calling him “disgraceful.” Trump has frequently criticized his attorney general.