Dec 9, 2019

Amazon claims Trump improperly pressured Pentagon to deny cloud contract

Jeff Bezos. Photo: Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Amazon

Amazon Web Services — which is suing the Pentagon after it selected Microsoft for a massive cloud computing contract — has filed a complaint alleging that President Trump pressured the agency to keep the $10 billion JEDI contract from Amazon and Jeff Bezos.

The big picture: The contract has become a flash point between Amazon and Trump, who has singled out the tech giant and mentioned the JEDI contract in tweets and private conversations. The complaint alleges that Trump “launched repeated public and behind-the-scenes attacks" to steer the contract away from "his perceived political enemy," Jeff Bezos.

  • The filing contends: “Rarely, if ever, has a President engaged in such a blatant and sustained effort to direct the outcome of a government procurement — let alone because of personal animus and political objectives.”
  • The Pentagon says it was not influenced by outside factors in its decision-making.

Read the filing.

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Amazon's year of turbulence

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The big picture: The tech giant's year started with a fight with New York City and ended with its biggest single sales day in history. And there were plenty of dramatic days in between.

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Amazon and Big Tech can't escape climate pressure

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Amazon wants Fire TV in more cars and devices

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