Miami Herald reporter hits back at Scaramucci over criticism of Epstein story
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A Miami Herald rejected accusations from former White House communications director Anthony ScaramucciAnthony ScaramucciFormer Trump officials plotting effort to blunt his impact on elections: report Grisham says former Trump officials meeting next week 'to try and stop him' Yarmuth slams Massie for gun-filled family Christmas photo MORE that her newspaper “planted” a story linking Labor Secretary Alexander AcostaAlex Alexander AcostaOn The Money: Trump slams relief bill, calls on Congress to increase stimulus money | Biden faces new critical deadlines after relief package | Labor rule allows restaurants to require broader tip pooling Labor rule allows restaurants to require broader tip pooling Federal litigator files complaint alleging Labor secretary abused his authority MORE to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Julie Brown, an investigative reporter for the Herald, fired back at Scaramucci on Thursday afternoon after the former Trump aide wrote that the Herald tried to “do a number” on Acosta because of his success in the Trump administration.

“1. I'm not in D.C. and have very few D.C. connections 2. 'Planted' ? Hmm. I don't even know what that means,” Brown wrote on Twitter.

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“3. This was honest to god, shoe leather reporting & digging through dense court documents for a year,” she added. “No one contacted me to do this story. No one. It was totally my idea.”

Acosta did not respond to requests to comment from the Herald on the story, which detailed his work as a U.S. attorney to secure a lighter punishment for Epstein via a plea agreement despite evidence that the billionaire was involved in bringing underaged girls to the U.S. for prostitution.

Despite his conviction, Epstein was allowed under the agreement to leave jail during his 13-month sentence for 12-hour periods six days a week to commute to his private office for work. The agreement was kept secret from his accusers.

Linking the story to his work in the Trump administration, Scaramucci tweeted Thursday that Acosta is "doing a great job," adding: "This is DC: how it works. There is fake news and 'planted' news. The people are tired of this. Hang in there Alex!!"

"The news is 14 years old and surfacing now because @SecretaryAcosta is doing a good job. The senate looked at it and confirmed him," he added in a second tweet.

Scaramucci exited the White House last year after a 10-day stint as President TrumpDonald TrumpJudge rules Alaska governor unlawfully fired lawyer who criticized Trump Giuliani led fake electors plot: CNN Giuliani associate sentenced to a year in prison in campaign finance case MORE’s communications director, which ended following an expletive-laden interview with a New Yorker reporter.