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

Former White House communications director Anthony ScaramucciAnthony ScaramucciWill Republicans continue to engage in willful blindness? Scaramucci: Trump sees Bloomberg as threat Scaramucci: Trump will be gone by March 2020 MORE defended President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrumps light 97th annual National Christmas Tree Trump to hold campaign rally in Michigan 'Don't mess with Mama': Pelosi's daughter tweets support following press conference comments 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 AcostaThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by National Association of Manufacturers — Whistleblower complaint roils Washington On The Money: Senate confirms Scalia as Labor chief | Bill with B in wall funding advanced over Democrats' objections | Lawyers reach deal to delay enforcement of NY tax return subpoena Sanders calls Eugene Scalia's Labor Dept. confirmation 'obscene' 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 FeinsteinGiffords, Demand Justice to pressure GOP senators to reject Trump judicial pick Senate confirms Trump pick labeled 'not qualified' by American Bar Association Feinstein endorses Christy Smith for Katie Hill's former House seat 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.