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AWS Vs. Microsoft: 7 Things To Watch As The JEDI Cloud Saga Unfolds

A federal judge granted Amazon Web Services’ request for a temporary restraining order that will prevent Microsoft from moving forward with implementation work on the JEDI cloud initiative.

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A Presidential Deposition

AWS has served a notice seeking the depositions of President Donald Trump, former Defense Secretary James Mattis, Defense Secretary Mark Esper, DoD CIO Dana Deasy, and three people on the source selection committee for JEDI.

With Trump in particular, Amazon can point to a very clear and extensive public record of the president making statements regarding the JEDI procurement and expressing animosity against Amazon and its CEO, Jeff Bezos.

But the request to depose Trump is uniquely without legal precedent, as no judge has before weighed whether to compel a sitting president to answer questions in a matter of federal procurement. The only case law Judge Patricia E Campbell-Smith can fall back on comes from the Paula Jones lawsuit against Bill Clinton, which did lead to a presidential deposition after a Supreme Court ruling that a president is not immune from civil litigation.

“AWS acknowledges that there are sensitivities with deposing President Trump,” the company’s lawyers wrote in their legal motion.

Considering neither Congress nor a special counsel could get the president to sit down and answer questions in person, it seems Amazon has an uphill battle in bringing Trump to the deposition table.

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