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

Former White House communications director Anthony ScaramucciAnthony ScaramucciThe Memo: Convention cancellation adds to Trump's troubles Trump's fight with city leaders escalates Scaramucci fundraising for the Lincoln Project: I hope Trump is 'humiliated' in November MORE defended President TrumpDonald John TrumpOklahoma City Thunder players kneel during anthem despite threat from GOP state lawmaker Microsoft moving forward with talks to buy TikTok after conversation with Trump Controversial Trump nominee placed in senior role after nomination hearing canceled 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 AcostaAppeals court finds prosecutors' secret plea agreement with Epstein didn't break law Florida sheriff ends work release program criticized over Jeffery Epstein The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by National Association of Manufacturers — Whistleblower complaint roils Washington 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 FeinsteinMini-exodus of Trump officials from Commerce to lobby on semiconductors Doug Collins questions Loeffler's trustworthiness in first TV ad Comedian Joel McHale: Reach out and help local restaurants, wear masks with your favorite message; Frontline Foods's Ryan Sarver says we are in inning 3 of the COVID-19 ballgame 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.