Amazon Wants Trump to Testify About How Much He Hates Jeff Bezos – Vanity Fair

Amazon Wants Trump to Testify About How Much He Hates Jeff Bezos – Vanity Fair

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President Donald Trump has made no attempt to hide his disdain for Amazon and CEO Jeff Bezos. From tweets about “Jeff Bozo” and the “Amazon Washington Post” to his allegations that the tech giant is scamming the U.S. Post Office, Trump hasn't been shy about his anti-Amazon bias—and Amazon believes he's had even more to say behind closed doors. As Amazon's lawsuit against the U.S. government for its failure to award the company a $10 billion cloud computing contract with the Pentagon moves forward, the company filed a court document Monday arguing that in order to demonstrate that the Pentagon contract was withheld because of Trump's personal opposition to Amazon, it's necessary to hear from the man himself. Amazon's legal team are pushing for Trump, along with former Secretary of Defense James Mattis and current Defense Secretary Mark Esper, to be formally deposed as part of the company's legal challenge, which alleges that “Trump's bias actually and irrevocably tainted the procurement process.” “President Donald J. Trump has repeatedly demonstrated his willingness to use his position as President and Commander in Chief to disrupt the orderly administration of government functions-including federal procurements-to advance personal motives, ” the court document filed Monday ....

“There is no question he did so here.” The contract—which initially was reported to heavily favor Amazon—was ultimately awarded to Microsoft, which Amazon alleges is an “objectively inferior competitor.” “In awarding the JEDI Contract to Microsoft, DoD committed numerous and compounding prejudicial errors, ” which “pervaded nearly every evaluation factor to systematically disfavor [Amazon Web Services, ]” the company argues. “These errors ultimately resulted in DoD awarding the JEDI Contract to a technologically inferior proposal that did not present the best value to the Government.” Though having a sitting president testify in a contract lawsuit like this would be an unprecedented move, Amazon argues that Trump “has unique knowledge about his involvement in the bid process, including private conversations with and instructions to others about the process and the award.” “While other individuals can testify about specific conversations he had with them individually, President Trump is the only individual who can testify about the totality of his conversations and the overall message he conveyed, ” Amazon argues, stating that it wants to hear from Trump “about conversations or other involvement he had regarding the JEDI bid process or efforts to harm Amazon or AWS.” And the company does have reason ....

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