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  •  No, it can't make them explain. (1+ / 0-)
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    creeper

    But it can bounce them out of office without any explanation, curtail their jurisdiction, etc.

    Everything but get an actual explanation for why they oughtn't to do these things.

    I suppose you could hang your hat on that if you wanted to. But the totality of the power available to the Congress overwhelms the point.

    •  Of course... No question about it (1+ / 0-)
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      Focher

      Congress can remove judges simply because they dont like the shape of their noses and the color of their ties.  

      Now, perhaps some judges will cave and come and testify under threat of removal.  But it does not follow that Congress has an idependent power to compel judges to testify.  It can surely coerce them.

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