Amazon starts lawsuit against Trump over JEDI contract

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Amazon has announced more details about the charges against President Trump, who is alleged to have “exerted undue pressure” to give the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract with the Pentagon to Microsoft rather than to Amazon Web Services (AWS).

AWS has also described a series of “disgraceful” mistakes allegedly made by the U.S. Department of Defense. These include last-minute changes to the contract, which had the effect of overlooking some of AWS’ unique capabilities, increasing the price of AWS’s offer and bringing this price closer to Microsoft.

According to Silicon Angle, AWS is calling to redo the whole process. “The award must be terminated, and DoD must reevaluate the proposals fairly and free of any direct or indirect improper influence.”

Part of a larger lawsuit

The JEDI programme, spread over 10 years, will have a total value of about 10 billion dollars. Amazon’s complaint was filed last month as part of a larger lawsuit the company is conducting against the DoD. The company claims that the department’s buying process for JEDI was undermined by interference from Donald Trump, who has been quoted several times in his criticism of CEO Jeff Bezos. Bezos also owns the Washington Post, a newspaper that is regularly critical of Trump.

Trump has launched “repeated public and behind-the-scenes attacks to steer the JEDI Contract away from AWS to harm his perceived political enemy — Jeffrey P. Bezos,” says Amazon. “The stakes are high. 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.”