Amazon has TDS, too. Or maybe Trump has BDS (Bezos Derangement Syndrome).
Amazon is seeking to depose President Donald Trump, Defense Secretary Mark Esper and former Defense Secretary James Mattis over a $10 billion Pentagon cloud contract awarded to Microsoft.
In court documents unsealed and filed Monday, Amazon’s cloud computing arm said it’s looking to depose seven “individuals who were instrumental” in the JEDI source selection and “played pivotal roles” in the ultimate awarding of the contract. Aside from Trump, Mattis and Esper, Amazon Web Services is also seeking to depose the Defense Department’s chief information officer, Dana Deasy, and the source selection authority, which awarded the contract to Microsoft, as well as the chairpersons of the SSA, according to the documents.
A spokesperson for AWS told CNBC in a statement: “President Trump has repeatedly demonstrated his willingness to use his position as President and Commander in Chief to interfere with government functions – including federal procurements – to advance his personal agenda. The preservation of public confidence in the nation’s procurement process requires discovery and supplementation of the administrative record, particularly in light of President Trump’s order to ‘screw Amazon.’ The question is whether the President of the United States should be allowed to use the budget of the DoD to pursue his own personal and political ends.”
A U.S. judge said Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) is likely to succeed in its challenge to the U.S. Department of Defense’s decision to award an up to $10 billion cloud computing deal to Microsoft Corp. (MSFT.O)
U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Patricia Campbell-Smith’s opinion was unsealed on Friday. On Feb. 13, she issued an order blocking work on the contract pending resolution of Amazon’s court challenge.
Amazon contends the contract was awarded to its rival because of improper influence by President Donald Trump.
The opinion did not mention Trump or address Amazon’s claims of improper influence, but instead focused on how the Pentagon assessed Microsoft’s data storage in one price scenario.
Campbell-Smith wrote Amazon “is likely to succeed on the merits of its argument that the DOD improperly evaluated” a Microsoft price scenario. She added Amazon is likely to show that Microsoft’s scenario was not “technically feasible” as the Pentagon assessed.
Microsoft did not immediately comment on Saturday, but told the Washington Post the opinion cited a “lone technical finding” and noted it did not find any other government error in “the complex and thorough process that resulted in the award of the contract to Microsoft.”
Amazon did not immediately comment on Saturday.
Campbell-Smith said “in the context of a procurement for cloud computing services, the court considers it quite likely that this failure is material.”