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Scaramucci defends Acosta on Epstein plea deal report: 'There is fake news and "planted" news'

Former White House communications director Anthony ScaramucciAnthony ScaramucciSunday shows preview: Joe Biden wins the 2020 election Scaramucci says Trump has united country: 'It just happens to be against him' Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus cases surge in the Midwest; Trump hits campaign trail after COVID-19 MORE defended President TrumpDonald John TrumpMinnesota certifies Biden victory Trump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn: report Republican John James concedes in Michigan Senate race MORE's Labor secretary on Thursday after a media report of the secretary's alleged involvement in securing a plea agreement for Jeffrey Epstein, a billionaire accused of bringing underage girls to the U.S. for prostitution.

Scaramucci said that Alexander AcostaAlex Alexander AcostaFederal litigator files complaint alleging Labor secretary abused his authority Appeals court to review legality of Epstein plea deal Appeals court finds prosecutors' secret plea agreement with Epstein didn't break law MORE was the victim of "planted news" after the Miami Herald reported that Trump's Labor secretary had reportedly helped secure a lax plea agreement for Epstein while working as a U.S. attorney.

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Epstein ended up serving 13 months in a county jail after the deal, according to the Herald. 

Acosta is "doing a great job," Scaramucci tweeted, 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 responding to a Bloomberg columnist.

The tweets follow the Herald's report that Epstein's lawyers and Acosta had a collaborative relationship during the trial despite Acosta's purported duty to prosecute Epstein for alleged child sex crimes.

Emails discovered by the Herald showed private communications, including phone calls, between representatives of Acosta's and Epstein's teams exchanged during the case.

Democrats, including Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinWhitehouse says Democratic caucus will decide future of Judiciary Committee The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump OKs transition; Biden taps Treasury, State experience Durbin seeks to become top-ranking Democrat on Judiciary panel MORE (Calif.), brought up Acosta's work on the Epstein case as a reason for opposition to his selection as Labor secretary last year. 

Scaramucci, who served in the White House briefly last year, has remained a vocal supporter of the president on social media.