Two tough-talking Texas lawmakers issued blunt words of criticism to Attorney General Eric Holder this week, telling him in front of a Capitol Hill crowd that not only should he be held in contempt, but that he should be sitting in a jail cell.

The statements came in context of discussing just what Mr. Holder has allowed the Department of Justice to release in terms of documents on “Fast and Furious” — the gunrunning program that ultimately led to the death of border agent Brian Terry — and just what he hasn’t made public.

Republicans say Mr. Holder has refused to comply with several subpoenas issued from Congress for documents related to the operation and outright ignored a criminal contempt citation that members of the House issued against him months ago.

Mr. Holder’s view is that he has released all the pertinent documents, as requested, and complied with congressional investigators.

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