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Before ‘soul mate’ comment, Rep. Pat Meehan ignored advice against interviews

January 27, 2018 GMT

By Staff

WASHINGTON — Rep. Pat Meehan’s sudden fall last week began with a revelation that he used taxpayer money to quietly settle a sexual harassment claim brought by an aide — but it was his stunning public response that accelerated his drive off the political cliff.

Meehan’s decision to do wrenching interviews with nine news outlets Tuesday bucked the advice of congressional and campaign aides who argued against it, according to two people with direct knowledge of his planning and three others briefed on the situation.

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