Catherine Thompson

Catherine Thompson is a senior editor for Talking Points Memo in New York City. She came to the site in 2013 and reported on national affairs. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She can be reached at

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The uproar over Hillary Clinton's exclusive use of a private email account to conduct business during her tenure at the State Department has taken so many twists and turns this summer that it's difficult to keep it all straight.

When it was first raised in March, the core issue with a government official's use of a private email account appeared to be compliance with federal records laws. Mounting questions from the media eventually forced Clinton to address her private email use at a press conference and her campaign to release a nine-page explainer on her handling of the email account's contents.

The issue appeared to lie dormant for the spring, but it came roaring back in the press by the end of July, when focus shifted to whether sensitive information was mishandled via the private account. Now, it's not just pundits, but also fellow Democrats who openly wonder whether the email imbroglio will derail the party frontrunner's presidential campaign.

Here's a detailed guide tracing back the news reports, government inquiries and Clinton camp statements that marked each step in the months-long email saga. This timeline is an updated version of one TPM published in March.

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