A federal judge just put the brakes on a major military contract after Amazon said it only lost to competing Microsoft because the President intended to “screw” CEO Jeff Bezos.
This injunction marks the current development in the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) project’s continuous legend. The agreement– an approximately $10 billion acquisition order to set up cloud computing solutions for the Department of Defense– was awarded to Microsoft last October after a yearslong bidding process duration between several tech titans. Amazon, a clear front-runner till the process’s final stage, quickly pressed back with a suit mentioning “clear deficiencies, errors and also distinct predisposition” in the federal government’s choice.
In a formal motion filed last month by Amazon’s cloud-computing arm, Amazon Web Services, AWS set out two needs: Firstly, for the court to “stop” deal with the task, a demand granted by Judge Patricia Campbell-Smith of the U.S. Federal Claims Court with Thursday’s order. The court also purchased Amazon to earmark $42 million for future court costs on the occasion that the “injunction was issued wrongfully,” per the declaring.
The 2nd? Place President Donald Trump himself on the stand, your honor. For many years, Trump’s publically struck Bezos (or “Jeff Bozo,” as he’s teased him on one event) on every little thing from Amazon’s annihilation of brick-and-mortar companies to– currently below’s some real irony– staying clear of tax obligations. And, indeed, let’s not play down his distaste for the Bezos-owned paper the Washington Post for its much less than flattering insurance coverage.
“President Trump’s bias against Jeffrey P. Bezos, founder of AWS’s parent company, Amazon.com, Inc. (“Amazon”), is a matter of public record,” states a motion from the company that was first unsealed earlier this week. “Even before taking office, President Trump campaigned on a promise that Amazon would ‘have problems’ if he became President.”
In a government court issue, Amazon pointed out Trump’s animosity against Bezos, “his perceived political enemy,” as a contributing variable for the DoD’s “blatant, inexplicable errors” in awarding the contract. Situation and also factor: Amazon declared that Pentagon authorities did not evaluate the company’s most current entries for the JEDI job before releasing the honor to Microsoft.
Yeah, sadly, that 2nd request didn’t fly with the court. As surprising as it would be to watch two of one of the most powerful and also despised men in the world mostly read each other in government court, attempting to get Trump to testify directly was admittedly a longshot.
Still, Microsoft was not surprisingly “dissatisfied with the added hold-up,” the company said in a press statement to several outlets.
“We have confidence in the Department of Defense, and we believe the facts will show they ran a detailed, thorough and fair process,” the statement continued.
In a declaration provided to CNBC, the Department of Defense appeared none as well pleased regarding the injunction either (the DoD has repetitively rejected that Trump’s grudge versus Bezos held any guide in the JEDI contract’s decision-making procedure).
“We are disappointed in today’s ruling and believe the actions taken in this litigation have unnecessarily delayed implementing DoD’s modernization strategy and deprived our warfighters of a set of capabilities they urgently need. However, we are confident in our award of the JEDI cloud contract to Microsoft,” DoD spokesperson Lt. Col. Robert Carver told the outlet.