Amazon Seeks to Depose President  Trump, Mark Esper, James Mattis Over JEDI Contract

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Amazon  (AMZN) - Get Report wants to depose President Donald Trump, Defense Secretary Mark Esper and former Defense Secretary James Mattis over the $10 billion dollar Pentagon contract that was awarded to Microsoft back in October of 2019.

Following the award, in November, Amazon filed a notice to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and indicated its plans to protest the Pentagon’s award of the contract to Microsoft.

The contract, nicknamed JEDI--which stands for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure--is a very large cloud computing contract for the United States Department of Defense.

Let’s do a quick recap. Many experts believed that Amazon could easily win the contract. However, in July, President Trump said that he was looking into the contract following complaints from IBM  (IBM) - Get Report and others about the bidding process.

Then, back in August, right before the contract was to be awarded, President Trump once again placed the contract on hold so that Esper could investigate complaints of favoritism towards Amazon.

In court documents that were unsealed and filed Monday, Amazon’s Web Services--the cloud computing arm of Amazon--is looking to depose seven individuals who “were instrumental” in the source selection for JEDI and played pivotal roles--in the awarding of the contract.

AWS has said that it’s looking to depose Trump about his involvement in the bidding process, which would include any private conversations or instructions that were given pertaining to the award.

AWS is also looking for any “efforts to harm Amazon or AWS.”

In Mattis’ recent memoir, he said that President Trump had told him “screw Amazon” out of the contract.

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