Amazon announced on Friday that they would be using videos of President Trump at a rally as evidence of improper influence on the Pentagon’s decision to award a major project contract to Microsoft.
JEDI, Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, a lucrative contract was given to Microsoft last month, and Amazon filed a protest and notified the Court of Federal Claims of their intentions to use four videos, citing Trump during a 2016 rally, and Fox News, urging prevention of Amazon’s receival of the project.
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The e-commerce giant formally filed a protest with the Court of Federal Claims to challenge the award of the cloud-computing contract, following through on a threat it made last week. It said it did so under seal to protect trade secrets.
In a statement, Amazon repeated its claims that “unmistakable bias” and “political influence” tainted the decision-making process. Trump has repeatedly criticized Amazon, whose founder and chief executive, Jeff Bezos, owns The Washington Post.
Amazon also repeated its suggestion that the award of the JEDI contract to Microsoft was improperly influenced by Trump.
“We also believe it’s critical for our country that the government and its elected leaders administer procurements objectively and in a manner that is free from political influence,” Amazon spokesman Drew Herdener reiterated, issuing the same statement he gave a week ago. “Numerous aspects of the JEDI evaluation process contained clear deficiencies, errors, and unmistakable bias — and it’s important that these matters be examined and rectified.”