Top UK Politician Called Jeffrey Epstein in Jail to Ask for 'a Favor'
Lord Peter Mandelson called convicted pedophile, Epstein called him 'Petie' during call
Top British politician Lord Peter Mandelson called convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein while he was in jail, asking for "a favor," according to a bombshell new exposé.
Veteran government official Mandelson, who served as First Secretary of State under former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, called Epstein while he was behind bars for child sex crimes.
According to a new “Dispatches” documentary, due to air on Britain’s Channel 4 on Monday, Lord Mandelson made the call to Epstein in 2009 when he was Labour Business Secretary.
At the time, Epstein was being held in a Florida jail after pleading guilty to charges of procuring an underage prostitute.
Mandelson was reportedly calling in a favor from Epstein and was asking him to arrange a meeting with the boss of JP Morgan bank, Jamie Dimon, according to The Sun.
The pair was seemingly so close that, during the call, Epstein even referred to the UK cabinet member with a pet name — calling him “Petie.”
“I must say I was astonished that a British Cabinet minister at that time, probably the most powerful man other than the Prime Minister, was calling Jeffrey in jail,” a friend of Epstein’s who revealed the call told the documentary, according to The Sun.
The politician — who had also been Tony Blair’s spin doctor — is one of the powerful figures mentioned in the upcoming TV special, “The Prince and the Paedophile.”
The documentary focuses on Epstein’s close ties with Britain’s Prince Andrew.
The friend told the documentary crew that he was visiting Epstein when he got the call, according to the New York Post.
“While I was there, he (Epstein) received a call and said, ‘Hello, Petie.’ And Petie wanted to meet Jamie Dimon of JP Morgan. He said, ‘Yes, I’ll sort it out’.
“Petie turned out to be Secretary of the Board of Trade, Peter Mandelson,” he insisted, according to The Sun.
Lord Mandelson, 65, has previously been photographed shopping with Epstein, who killed himself in his Manhattan lockup this summer as he faced federal sex-trafficking charges.
“Our client has no recollection of a telephone conversation with Mr. Epstein in January 2009,” lawyers for Mandelson, who now sits in the UK’s House of Lords' upper parliament, told The Sun.
“He talked to bank CEOs on a regular basis, including Mr. Dimon.
"These contacts were arranged through his office.”