Amazon’s lawsuit over a $10 billion Pentagon contract lays out disturbing allegations against Trump: Tech

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FILE – In this June 19, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump, from left, and Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft, listen as Jeff Bezos, Chief Executive Officer of Amazon, speaks during an American Technology Council roundtable in the State Dinning Room of the White House in Washington. The Pentagon says new Secretary of Defense Mike Esper is reviewing the bid process for the military’s $10 billion cloud-computing contract. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Amazon’s lawsuit over a $10 billion Pentagon contract lays out disturbing allegations against Trump: “This is an entirely new and astonishing situation,” Charles Tiefer, a law professor at the University of Baltimore who has been teaching government procurement law for 25 years, said. “No one has ever seen a president vocally attack one of the bidders in a procurement. So no one has ever seen anything remotely like the bidder attacked by the president — losing.”

Tiefer is referring to the situation that spawned the sensational lawsuit Amazon filed last November, challenging the Pentagon’s awarding of the $10 billion JEDI cloud contract to Microsoft. It alleges that President Donald Trump’s oft-expressed, seething animus for Amazon and Jeff Bezos, its founder and CEO, caused Pentagon officials, “consciously or subconsciously,” to award the contract to Microsoft. 


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