Amazon granted injunction to halt Microsoft's progress on JEDI contract

General News Amazon wins court injunction on controversial JEDI contract

General News Amazon wins court injunction on controversial JEDI contract

Amazon has been in court since late 2019, after the DoD chose to award Microsoft the $10 billion JEDI deal claiming that, due in part to President Trump's late-stage interference with the bidding process, AWS lost out becoming the preferred partner of the Pentagon.

A federal judge on Thursday issued an order temporarily blocking the U.S. military from awarding a multibillion-dollar cloud computing contract to Microsoft, after Amazon claimed the process was tainted by politics.

The government can't proceed with implementing the contract "until further order of the court", according to the decision by Court of Federal Claims Judge Patricia Campbell-Smith.

Earlier this week, Amazon's cloud computing unit, Amazon Web Services, said it was seeking to depose Trump and Esper in its lawsuit over whether the president was trying "to screw Amazon" over the contract. Microsoft, arguing that government contract professionals did their jobs properly regardless of Trump's tweets, said Amazon "impugns, demeans and discredits government personnel at all levels, despite the utter absence of any support for their accusations".

He added that the Pentagon remained confident in its decision to award the contract to Microsoft. The company also claimed that President Donald Trump had influenced the bidding process because of his dispute with Jeff Bezos, the owner of Amazon and The Washington Post.

Amazon wins court injunction on controversial JEDI contract

The project, known as Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, or JEDI, will store and process vast amounts of classified data, allowing the USA military to improve communications with soldiers on the battlefield and use artificial intelligence to speed up its war planning and fighting capabilities.

Microsoft said it hoped to prevail after the merits of the case are heard in court.

The judge's decision to block the deal from moving forward was sealed by the court, as was Amazon's January request for the injunction. A representative for Amazon didn't respond to a request for comment.

The e-commerce giant's lawsuit chronicles a laundry list of comments and actions by Trump and the Defense Department that it claims show the Pentagon bowed to political pressure when awarding the deal to Microsoft.

The newspaper has aggressively covered the Trump administration in past years, and President Trump refers to it as the "Amazon Washington Post".

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