Amazon alleges Trump abused power in huge Pentagon contract

The JEDI contract is central to DOD's efforts to rapidly adopt cloud technology. But the winner-take-all contract offer has been controversial from the start—and now Amazon claims President Trump put a whole lot more than a finger on the scales to ensur

Amazon said Trump was motivated by his desire "to harm his perceived political enemy-Jeffrey P. Bezos, founder and CEO of AWS's parent company, Amazon.com, Inc".

Amazon's lawyers said in a heavily redacted 103-page document filed in USA federal claims court that the "arbitrary and capricious" decision to award the contract to Microsoft was due to "improper pressure" from Trump who the company said "launched repeated public and behind-the-scenes attacks" to ensure it would not be given the contract. It alleges Trump "launched repeated public and behind-the-scenes attacks" against Amazon to try to undermine its bid and hurt CEO Jeff Bezos.

Amazon is appealing a Pentagon decision to award a $10 billion defense contract to Microsoft over Amazon.

Seeking reversal of the decision, Amazon claimed the decision was not based on a dispassionate analysis of the bids, but on President Trump's personal disdain for Bezos. The White House declined to comment.

"I think you do", he added.Amazon is now protesting a decision by the Pentagon to award a $10 billion cloud contract (called JEDI) to Microsoft rather than Amazon.


Formally called the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure plan, or JEDI, the military's computing project would store and process vast amounts of classified data. It wasn't until today, when this challenge's court documents were unsealed, that Amazon's beliefs were made fully public. Federal Claims Court Judge Patricia Campbell-Smith stated at a November 26 hearing that Amazon is arguing that the bidding process was very much compromised by Trump's bias.

The filing ironically surfaced hour after Bezos said it would support the U.S. Department of Defense as technology companies vie for more defense contracts and the Pentagon seeks to modernize itself, Reuters reported.

The company was referring to Amazon Web Services, its cloud computing branch.

A speechwriter for Mattis, the former secretary of defense, said in a book published several weeks ago that Trump had wanted to give the contract to a company other than Amazon.

AWS is now requesting that the Defense Department to eliminate the award and initiate another review of the submitted proposals. "The department is confident in the JEDI award and remains focused on getting this critical capability into the hands of our warfighters as quickly and efficiently as possible". "The question is whether the President of the United States should be allowed to use the budget of DoD to pursue his own personal and political ends".

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