I don't understand this sentence, what are two words "HAD" mean?

"I think they may have thought that reaching out to people who represent what is now the mainstream way of thinking and HAD who HAD more access to the Trump administration than people in past was a better way to send messages or get information," said Bruce Klingner.

CNN — (beware the autoplay video)

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    I think "had who had" is a typo remaining after indecision whether to write "who had" or "had had". But you might like to read this about multiple had. – Weather Vane Sep 29 '17 at 18:25
  • Typo? I thought so at first , but why not just word "HAVE"? Present tense is more appropriate in this context I think – Koss M Sep 29 '17 at 20:25
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    "may have thought" is past tense. "have" is present tense. – Weather Vane Sep 29 '17 at 20:29
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    It’s a quote which contains (self-) corrected speech. The first had can be ignored. Cf @Weather’s comment. – AmE speaker Sep 29 '17 at 21:48
  • Dear Clare, are you sure it's self-correction by Mr. Clinger? – Koss M Sep 30 '17 at 14:21

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