FOX NEWS FIRST: Clinton calls Uranium One special counsel threat an 'abuse of power'

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Developing now, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017:

  • In interview, Hillary Clinton calls Uranium One special counsel threats an 'abuse of power'
  • Wisconsin's Sen. Ron Johnson comes out against GOP tax bill as House prepares to vote today
  • Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore facing more accusations of sexual misconduct
  • Fox News Exclusive: Trump dossier firm’s co-founder testifies he discussed allegations with media without verifying them

THE LEAD STORY: In an interview, Hillary Clinton dismisses the possibility of a special counsel being appointed to investigate her role in the Russia-Obama-era Uranium One deal, calling the potential move an "abuse of power" and "politicization of the Justice Department." ... "This Uranium One story has been debunked countless times by members of the press, by independent experts," Clinton told Mother Jones. "It is nothing but a false charge that the Trump administration is trying to drum up in order to avoid attention being directed at them ... I’m not concerned because I know that there is no basis to it.” Attorney General Jeff Sessions has directed senior federal prosecutors to evaluate requests by congressional Republicans, involving the sale of Uranium One and alleged unlawful dealings related to the Clinton Foundation, still leaving the door open for an appointment of a special counsel. However, he told the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday that such an appointment was not imminent.

TAX REFORM ROADBLOCKS AHEAD?: In a potential sign of trouble, Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin announced his opposition to the GOP tax reform bill ... In a statement Wednesday, Johnson said both the House and Senate versions of the legislation would unfairly benefit big corporations. Republicans hope to pass the legislation by Christmas, but Johnson's opposition could make that difficult. Republicans have a 52-48 majority in the Senate, leaving them little room for defectors. Vice President Mike Pence would cast a tie-breaking vote, if necessary. Johnson's opposition comes as House Republicans are set to vote on their version of the tax bill today.

MOORE CONTROVERSY: Three more women have accused Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual misconduct as his attorney questions the motives and honesty of one of his previous accusers ... In a story published Wednesday by AL.com, Tina Johnson of Gadsden, Ala., said Moore groped her in 1991. Later Wednesday, the Washington Post published accounts by two more women who claimed Moore accosted them in the late 1970s, when he was an assistant district attorney in his early 30s. Meanwhile, Moore's legal team demanded that a handwriting expert be allowed to review a high school yearbook that accuser Beverly Young Nelson held up as evidence that Moore sought a sexual relationship with her when she was 16. Jauregui suggested Nelson may have an ax to grind as Moore's campaign indicated he was the judge in her 1999 divorce case.

INSIDE FUSION GPS TESTIMONY: The co-founder of the firm behind the discredited anti-Trump dossier told House investigators that he personally discussed allegations of Trump-Russia collusion with members of the media but did not verify the claims, a source told Fox News ... According to a source familiar with the testimony, Glenn Simpson refused to answer key questions during his seven-hour, closed-door appearance before the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday. The source said Simpson would not answer questions on his relationship with specific journalists or ties to the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign, which financed the anti-Trump research. But the source said Simpson acknowledged he did not personally look into certain aspects of the dossier -- which was authored by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele and contained salacious allegations about the Trump team’s ties to Russia.

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NO MORE 'SHUSH' FUND: "Why aren't they naming names? Why aren't others naming names? We all have a right to know. They work for us. I want the names of the members accused."  –  Laura Ingraham, on "The Ingraham Angle," calling for an investigation of a little-known congressional fund that has paid out $15.2 million to victims or accusers of sexual misconduct in recent years. WATCH

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STAY TUNED

On Fox News:

Fox & Friends, 6 a.m. ET:  House Speaker Paul Ryan previews the key vote on GOP tax reform bill; Rep. Mark Meadows explains why he believes a special counsel is needed in the Fusion GPS- Trump dossier scandal; "The Property Man" Bob Massi weighs in on Trump's impact on the housing market.

Your World with Neil Cavuto, 4 p.m. ET: Neil will have the first interview with Ways and Means Committee Chair Kevin Brady after the House votes on the GOP tax reform bill.

The Story with Martha MacCallum, 7 p.m. ET: The parents of Tim Piazza speak out on the latest developments in the Penn State fraternity hazing death case.

Tucker Carlson Tonight, 8 p.m. ET:  Tucker takes on Lansing, Mich., Mayor Virg Bernero, who says the national anthem is a battle hymn that promotes violence.

On Fox Business:

We’ll have all the breaking news on the House tax vote – plus analysis from all the guests below!

Mornings with Maria, 6 a.m. ET: House Ways and Means Committee Chair Kevin Brady and Rep. Peter Roskam; Three's Company star Suzanne Somers gives the inside story behind her new project.

Varney & Co., 9 a.m. ET: Rep. Jim Renacci  and David Stockman, former Reagan budget director.

Countdown to the Closing Bell, 3 p.m. ET:  Rep. Tom Reed

Risk & Reward, 5 p.m. ET:  Ben Cohen, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream co-founder

On Fox News Radio:

The Fox News Rundown Podcast: With a Thanksgiving deadline looming, the Senate and House GOP tax plans have some significant differences. Fox News' Chad Pergram discusses what they're proposing, how it affects every day Americans, and what can be done to bridge the divide between the two plans. Fox News' Rich Edson and former ESPN reporter Britt McHenry take a closer look at how President Trump helped secure the release of three UCLA college basketball players from a Chinese prison sentence. Plus, commentary by Fox & Friends co-host Ainsley Earhardt.

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The Brian Kilmeade Show, 9 a.m. ET to Noon ET: Allen West breaks down President Trump's Asia trip; Fox News' Chris Wallace and James Rosen sound off on the hot political topics of the day!

#OnThisDay

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1907: Oklahoma becomes the nation’s 46th state.

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