A House Judiciary subcommittee on Thursday held a rare impeachment hearing for a California federal judge but reached no conclusions and appeared eager to let a special committee of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals finish its investigation before deciding whether to take up the matter in Congress again.

Judge Manuel Real, a Lyndon Johnson appointee who in November will have been a federal judge for 40 years, spent Thursday morning rebutting — for the first time in public — allegations that he had improperly seized control of a bankruptcy proceeding involving a woman whose criminal probation he was overseeing.

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