President Donald Trump made no attempt to hide his disdain for Amazon and CEO Jeff Bezos. From tweets about "Jeff Bozo" and the "Amazon Washington Post”In his claims that the tech giant is cheating the US Postal Service, Trump is not ashamed of his anti-Amazon bias – and Amazon believes he had even more to say behind closed doors. As Amazon's lawsuit against the U.S. government for failing to grant the company a $ 10 billion cloud computing contract with the Pentagon moves forward, the company has filed suit court document Monday arguing that to demonstrate that the Pentagon contract was withheld because of Trump's personal opposition to Amazon, it is necessary to listen to the man himself.
Amazon's legal team is pushing for Trump, along with former Defense Secretary James Mattis and current Defense Secretary Mark Esper, to be formally deposed as part of the company's legal challenge, which claims that "Trump's bias really and irrevocably contaminated the purchasing process ". "President Donald J. Trump has repeatedly demonstrated his willingness to use his position as president and commander-in-chief to disrupt orderly administration of government functions – including federal procurement – to promote personal reasons," alleges the court document presented on Monday. market. "There is no doubt that he did it here." The contract – which was initially largely in favor of Amazon – was finally awarded to Microsoft, which Amazon claims to be an "objectively inferior competitor". "In awarding the JEDI contract to Microsoft, DoD made numerous and compound harmful errors", which "permeated almost all the assessment factors to systematically disadvantage [Amazon Web Services]", argues the company. "These errors
ended up resulting in the DoD awarding the JEDI contract to a technologically inferior bid that
did not present the best value to the government. "
While having an acting president testify in such a contractual action is an unprecedented measure, Amazon argues that Trump "has unique knowledge about his involvement in the bidding process, including private talks and instructions to others about the process and the prize ". "While other people can testify about specific conversations he had with them individually, President Trump is the only individual who can testify about the entirety of his conversations and the general message he conveyed," argues Amazon, saying he wants to hear from Trump " about conversations or other involvement he had in connection with the JEDI bidding process or efforts to harm Amazon or AWS. “And the company has reason to suggest that Trump was pressing against Amazon to get the contract in a private conversation. A recently published book about Mattis's time in the Trump administration claims that the president specifically told the then secretary to "take Amazon" out of the contract, much to Mattis' dismay. "Telling the story to us during the Small Group, Mattis said: & # 39; We won't do that. This will be done by the book, both legally and ethically & # 39; & # 39 ;, reports Mattis' former speechwriter , Guy Snodgrass. As the Amazon court notes, Mattis was fired six months later and replaced by Esper, who said "he would follow what the president told him".
Monday's lawsuit reinforces the long-running dispute between Trump and Bezos, while the billionaire's company pressured the president to admit possible wrongdoing under oath through a 43-page legal document that aggressively criticizes Trump for everything from his war with Amazon even your business in Ukraine. “This candidacy protest does not take place in a vacuum or on a blank slate. It occurs against the
the backdrop of President Trump's repeated intervention across the spectrum of
it works to point to your perceived critics or to move forward on some personal agenda, ”argues the court document, later addressing topics ranging from Trump to giving a contract at the border wall to a Fox News-friendly company and its attacks on CNN, until the presidency of the president. recent impeachment. Although Trump has not yet responded to Amazon's bold move, his Department of Defense is already "strongly opposed [d]" to the technology company's filing requests. The request is "unnecessary, costly and only seeks to delay the entry of this important technology into the hands of our fighters," said Defense Department spokesman Robert Carver. said in a statement.
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