Panel: Impeach Blago

The impeachment of Rod Blagojevich is proceeding smoothly:

A state legislative panel was set to recommend the impeachment of the Illinois governor accused of trying to sell president-elect Barack Obama’s Senate seat, according to a draft report released by the committee ahead of its meeting Thursday.

A 69-page draft report, to be voted on later Thursday, concluded that there was sufficient evidence that Governor Rod Blagojevich, who was arrested on December 9 and in what prosecutors called a “political corruption crime spree,” abused his power.

“The citizens of this state must have confidence that their governor will faithfully serve the people and put their interests before his own,” the committee wrote.

“It is with profound regret that the committee finds that our current governor has not done so.”

The committee found that “the totality of the evidence warrants the impeachment of the governor for cause.”

Now the Illinois House of Representatives has to vote on the panel’s recommendation to impeach.  If they pass it, it will go to the Senate who will then conduct a trial to determine whether or not Blagojevich will be removed from office.

The legislature is also waiting on a decision from a federal judge on whether or not prosecutors can release the FBI wiretaps so they can be used as evidence in the impeachment proceedings.

A lot of the damage is already done here–Blagojevich already appointed someone to the vacant Senate seat.  But Blagojevich still deserves impeachment–at the very least–so I hope the process runs smoothly and concludes quickly.