Amazon’s Formal Challenge to Huge Pentagon Award Uses Videos that Mark Potential Influence Exerted by Trump

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The e-commerce giant followed through with the threat it made week ago, challenging the Defense Department’s decision to award the lucrative contract to rival Microsoft

By Jay Greene and Aaron Gregg – Amazon on Friday cited comments by President Trump at a rally and to journalists as it pursues its challenge to the Pentagon’s surprise decision to award a lucrative contract to rival Microsoft last month.

For the first time, Amazon directly linked the president’s comments to the award of the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure contract, also known as JEDI, to Microsoft last month. Though Amazon filed its protest under seal, it also notified the Court of Federal Claims that it intends to use four videos as exhibits, including one of Trump at a February 2016 campaign rally in Texas, as well as one of a Fox News host urging him to prevent the Pentagon from awarding the contract to the online retail giant.

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