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HHS official placed on leave after posting conspiracy theories

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The Department of Health and Human Services has placed Jon Cordova, a top agency official, on leave after posting a slew of baseless claims and conspiracy theories on social media, CNN reports. This reportedly comes in after a CNN KFile inquiry about the numerous unsubstantiated smears Cordova posted.

The backdrop: Cordova, who serves as the principal deputy assistant secretary at HHS, had posted stories about Gold Star father Khizr Khan being a "Muslim Brotherhood agent" and made claims about Texas Senator Ted Cruz being involved in a sex scandal. An agency spokesperson told CNN that Cordova “is currently on administrative leave while we look into this issue further.” Cordova served as a delegate from California at the RNC Convention who voted for Trump and worked with the Trump campaign on the communications team in the Golden State.