In a complaint filed in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, Amazon Inc has accused U.S. President Donald Trump of having a bias and exerting “improper pressure” in the awarding of a $10 billion cloud computing contract to its rival, Microsoft Corp.
Amazon’s complaint states, Trump had launched a “repeated public and behind-the-scenes attacks to steer” the Pentagon cloud contract, known as the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, (JEDI) away from Amazon Web Services.
The heavily redacted complaint states Trump’s motive was to “harm his perceived political enemy-Jeffrey P. Bezos, founder and CEO of AWS’s parent company, Amazon.com … and owner of the Washington Post.”
The complaint states, Trump’s interference made it impossible for the Pentagon to judge a winner “reasonably, consistently, an in a fair and equal manner”.
Amazon has called for re-evluating proposals that were submitted and the re-awarding of the contract based on this fresh perspective.
“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,” states Amazon’s 103-page complaint.
Neither, Amazon nor the Department of Defense immediately responded to requests for comments.
Incidentally, during a recent congressional testimony, Dana Deasy, a top official from the Pentagon had denied Trump’s or the White House’s influence during the JEDI selection process.
According to analysts, consultants and legal experts, Amazon’s challenge to the awarding of the JEDI contract was widely expected, especially after Trump publicly derided Amazon’s bid for the high-stakes contract.