A judge in the Amazon, the movement for a break in non-Microsoft programs from the Pentagon to work on a contract

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Thursday granted a Inc. ‘ s request to temporarily stop the U.S. Department of Defense, and Microsoft Corp. (a) from moving in an up-to-the-a$10 billion cloud-computing deal that Amazon says it reflects undue influence by the President, Donald Trump.

A FILE PHOTO of The Microsoft mark is displayed at the top of the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, USA, October 19,2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo

Amazon, which has been seen as the front-runner to win the contract, filed a lawsuit in November, just a few weeks after the contract was awarded to Microsoft. He has publicly mocked the Amazon’s head, Jeff Bezos, and repeated criticism of the company.

Judge Patricia Campbell-Smith to be interim, but it is not in her written opinion. Also, they are in the Amazon, in order to post a $42 million, in the event that the injunction was issued wrongfully.

The Amazon litigation, said the Ministry of Defence of the decision, it was full of “grave errors” were the result of “undue pressure from the President, Donald Trump, that was repeated in public and in behind-the-scenes attacks,” in order to steer the contract away from Amazon, “the extent of his perceived political enemy,” Bezos.

Bezos also owns the Washington Post, whose coverage has been critical of the Trumpet, and who has frequently been a target of barbs by Trump on the news and in the media.

The Pentagon, which is going to have to go to work on the agreement on Friday, said it was disappointed by the ruling.

Lieutenant Colonel Robert Carver, with a Ministry of Defense spokesman said the Pentagon believed that “the actions in this case have unnecessarily delayed the execution of the DoD modernization strategy, and the bereaved, our military personnel, from a range of options, which they desperately need.”

It is added, continued to have the confidence that our award was for the JEDI to Cloud a contract with Microsoft.”

Secretary of defense Mark Esper was previously denied, there was a bias, and said that the Pentagon has made his choice freely and fairly, without the influence of the external environment.

The time of Alexander the Great, is a partner in the also close by and English, he said: “The court has confirmed the order in the Amazon, and the challenges faced in relation to this invitation to tender are not trivial. It is not guaranteed that they will not prevail, but the fact that they have it at all, it is a big deal to me.”

Amazon shares closed down 0.4%, while Microsoft was down 0.5%.


As part of its lawsuit, Amazon had asked the court in January to suspend the execution of the contract, it is popularly known as Joint Enterprise, Defence and Infrastructure in the Cloud, or in LIFE. The agreement is intended to provide the military with better access to information and technology in remote locations.

Microsoft said in a statement: “We have to have trust and confidence in the government, and we believe that, as the facts show, they ran a more detailed, thorough, and fair process.”

Amazon does not respond immediately to requests for comment. The White House declined to comment.

Earlier this week, Amazon’s cloud computing unit, Amazon Web Services, said that it may want to sell Home and the Est to in the court proceedings on the question of whether the president was trying “to screw Amazon’ on the contract.

The logo of Amazon is seen at the company’s distribution centre in Boves,, France, 5 November 2019 at the latest. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Amazon is also the question of the officers who are to be involved in the decision-making process, and claimed that He had a history of abusive intervention into the political decision-making process. In the Amazon, calling the process “fatally flawed, and it is very interesting.”

The procurement process has been delayed due to a legal complaint-and the conflict-of-interest allegations.

The judge said the on Amazon and at the Pentagon, is to provide, through Feb. 27 in those parts of the opinion can be released to the public.

Report by David Shepardson and Nandita Bose in Washington; Additional reporting by Mike Stone; Editing by Leslie Adler and Peter Cooney

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