Issa, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, subpoenaed Holder on Wednesday for documents related to the operation, in which agents in the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Bureau sold weapons to suspected criminals and tracked them across the Mexico border. The bureau lost track of a majority of the weapons.
Issa contends Holder knew more about the botched operation than he has told Congress. His subpoenas are directed to Holder and other senior officials at the Department of Justice.
Issa said Holder will still have an opportunity to answer questions "fully and completely" to the Judiciary Committee.
The congressman told Fox News he subpoenaed the documents because when they were submitted earlier they were redacted beyond what Issa called "reasonable."
"We have been slow rolled even when we had subpoenas," said Issa.
For more on the subpoenaed documents on The Hill's Briefing Room blog, click here.