Court could consider whether Trump interfered in cloud computing contract

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The glass spheres outside Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle, Sept. 25, 2019. [Grant Hindsley/The New York Times] A federal court said on Wednesday that it did not dismiss the possibility that former President Donald Trump interfered in the awarding of a military cloud-computing contract worth $10 billion, a decision that could result in the overhaul of a long-running effort to modernize technology at the Defense Department. The decision could be a victory for Amazon, which claimed it was passed over during contract deliberations because of Trump’s animosity toward its founder, Jeff Bezos. But the Defense Department has hinted that it would scrap the contract altogether if litigation over it dragged on, evaporating Amazon’s chance to secure the multibillion-dollar deal. The 10-year contract for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure,...

Amazon’s Bid to Recover JEDI Cloud Computing Contract Stays Alive

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WASHINGTON— Amazon. com Inc.’s bid to win back the Pentagon’s JEDI cloud computing contract stayed alive Wednesday as a federal judge rejected motions by the Defense Department and Microsoft Corp. to dismiss much of Amazon’s challenge of the contract award. Judge Patricia Campbell-Smith of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims rejected the motions, according to a court docket entry. Her opinion and order in the case weren’t made public immediately, making the extent of the government’s legal defeat unclear. The move is significant nonetheless because it opens the door to continued protracted court battles over the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, or JEDI, contract. ...