HHS official placed on leave over social media posts


A Department of Health and Human Services staffer has been placed on administrative leave after he shared conspiracy theories and unsubstantiated claims attacking everyone from Hillary Clinton to Ted Cruz.

Jon Cordova, the principal deputy assistant secretary for administration at HHS, shared links to right-wing blogs and websites claiming Gold Star father Khizr Khan is a “Muslim Brotherhood agent,” CNN reported.

Cordova also claimed Khan, the father of deceased Army Captain Humayun Khan, was paid $375,000 by the Clinton Foundation.

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Gold Star father Khizr Khan, whose son Army Captain Humayun Khan was killed in Iraq saving fellow soldiers, campaigns for Hillary Clinton, Tim Kaine, and LuAnn Bennett at the Leesburg Coordinated Campaign Office on November 4, 2016 in Leesburg, Virginia.

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Khizr Khan, whose son, Humayun S. M. Khan was one of 14 American Muslims who died serving in the U.S. Army in the 10 years after the 9/11 attacks, offers to loan his copy of the Constitution to Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump, as he speaks while a relative looks on during the last night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 28, 2016.

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Gold Star father Khizr Khan speaks before introducing U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at a campaign rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S., November 6, 2016.

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Gold-star father Khizr Khan, father of U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan who was killed in 2004 in Iraq, takes part in a discussion panel on the Muslim and Refugee ban in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., February 2, 2017.

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Gold-Star father Khizr Khan, the father of U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan who was killed in 2004 during the Iraq War, speaks during a news conference held by House Democrats to introduce legislation "to ensure that no one is denied entry into the United States because of their religion" at the U.S. Capitol in Washington February 2, 2017.

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Khizr Khan, and his wife Ghazala (L), whose son, Humayun S. M. Khan was one of 14 American Muslims who died serving in the U.S. Army in the ten years after the 9/11 attacks, appear with Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton supporters at her election night rally in New York, U.S., November 9, 2016.

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Gold-Star father Khizr Khan, father of U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan who was killed in 2004 in Iraq, puts his hand to his heart as he takes part in a discussion panel on the Muslim and refugee ban in the U.S. Capitol in Washington February 2, 2017.

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Council on American-Islamic Relations National Executive Director Nihad Awad, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), and Gold Star father Khizr Khan listen during a news conference in front of the Capitol February 1, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) hosted the press conference to discuss President Donald Trump's travel ban, which prevents immigrants and refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S, and objections to Senator Jeff Sessions' nomination to the position of Attorney General.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Khizr Khan attends the ACLU SoCal's 2016 Bill of Rights Dinner at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on November 13, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)

Khizr Khan attends the ACLU SoCal's 2016 Bill of Rights Dinner at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on November 13, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Khizr Khan, a Virginia Gold Star father, whose son Army Captain Humayun Khan was killed in Iraq, campaigns for Hillary Clinton at Croaker's Spot, a restaurant in Norfolk, Va. on October 26, 2016.

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Khizr Khan gestures after speaking in support of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during election night outside the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York on November 8, 2016.

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Khizr Khan speaks at Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's election night party at Javits Center on November 8, 2016 in New York City.

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Cordova, who worked in communications for the Trump campaign before joining the HHS last year, has been placed on administrative leave, a HHS spokesperson said.

He also peddled claims of a Ted Cruz sex scandal and shared unsubstantiated posts alleging the Texas senator was visiting prostitutes and hiding real information about his birth and education.

In other controversial social media posts, Cordova attacked Hillary Clinton for photoshopping her rallies to make them look bigger, shared a fake quote attributed to her, and called her a “slimy trailer trash huckster.”

He also called Democrats the “real racists” in one post dating back to 2013, while making bizarre claims on Twitter about boycotting Budweiser due to their support for “jihadis.”

He also made false statements saying Chris Harper-Mercer, a 26-year-old gunman who killed nine people at Umpqua Community College in 2015 was Muslim.

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