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Amazon wants a federal court to force President Donald Trump to testify about the Department of Defense’s decision to award a major project to Microsoft, court documents filed Monday show.
The company also wants former Secretary of Defense James Mattis to discuss in court elements of Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, or JEDI, a $10 billion cloud computing project Amazon was in line to obtain. Amazon also wants to depose Defense Secretary Mark Esper.
Amazon acknowledges that deposing a sitting president in a contract protest is unlikely to bear fruit. “A deposition of a sitting President of the United States presents unique circumstances,” the company noted in a footnote to the filing.
“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 company noted in a press statement.
“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,” the statement concluded. The company also said Trump lodged “repeated public and behind-the-scenes attacks” against its CEO, Jeff Bezos.
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