Trump Jr. email chain hurts U.S. dollar
The dollar fell to a more than one-week low against a basket of major currencies on Tuesday, after U.S. President Donald Trump's eldest son released an email chain citing Russian support for his father before last year's U.S. election.
Donald Trump Jr. was told a Russian prosecutor was offering his father's presidential campaign incriminating information about Democratic rival Hillary Clinton as part of Russian government support, according to an email chain that he released on Tuesday.
"At the very least, these types of headlines play up concerns about dysfunction in Washington and the inability of this administration to pass any meaningful legislation, particularly related to fiscal stimulus," said Omer Esiner, chief market analyst at Commonwealth FX in Washington.
U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday that the Senate would vote on a bill to roll back Obamacare next week and then move on to other legislative business.
Investors are waiting for U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's semiannual monetary policy testimony before Congress on Wednesday and U.S. consumer inflation data on Friday.
Meanwhile, Fed Governor Lael Brainard said the Fed should soon begin reducing its balance sheet, as long as economic data on U.S. jobs and growth holds up. Once balance sheet reduction is under way, she will assess inflation before deciding on further interest rates rises, she said.
The greenback, which touched a four-month high against the Japanese yen earlier in the session spurred by the recent rise in U.S. government bond yields, reversed course to fall 0.16 percent to 113.85 yen. The euro rose to a 14-month high of $1.1479.
The Canadian dollar
The greenback gained against the New Zealand dollar
Sterling fell to an eight-month low against the euro after the Bank of England Deputy Governor Ben Broadbent declined to back up recent hints from other policymakers at the central bank that suggested it may be moving toward raising interest rates.