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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 ScaramucciJohn Kelly was always doomed to fail as chief of staff John Kelly to leave White House at year's end Miami Herald reporter hits back at Scaramucci over criticism of Epstein story MORE defended President TrumpDonald John TrumpJoaquín Castro: Trump would be 'in court right now' if he weren't the president or 'privileged' Trump flubs speech location at criminal justice conference Comey reveals new details on Russia probe during House testimony 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 AcostaRene (Alex) Alexander AcostaSasse calls on DOJ to investigate its handling of wealthy sex offender's plea deal Accusers won't testify for now against wealthy sex offender: report Lawmakers call for investigation into Labor Secretary Acosta for sex offender plea deal 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 FeinsteinSenators want assurances from attorney general pick on fate of Mueller probe Mattis: Investigation into killing of Khashoggi is ongoing Senators introduce resolution saying Saudi crown prince 'complicit' in Khashoggi slaying 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.