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The Democratic senator warns of Trump's involvement in the Pentagon contract



FILE PHOTO: Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) questions David Marcus, head of Facebook's Calibra (digital wallet service), during testimony for a Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on "Investigation of Facebook's proposed digital currency and data privacy concerns "on Capitol Hill in Washington, USA, July 16, 2019. REUTERS / Erin Scott

(Reuters) – U.S. Senator Mark Warner on Friday raised concerns about Pentagon's decision to put in $ 10 billion cloud computing contract after President Donald Trump said his administration was investigating Amazon.com Inc ( AMZN.O ) following complaints from other technology companies.

Trump had said in July that Amazon's bid for the contract, called the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure Cloud, or JEDI, was being reviewed.

A Pentagon spokesman said Thursday that Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, who assumed his role on July 23, underwent allegations of injustice.

"It is important that we maintain a fair and competitive process for DoD contracts, but that the president using force from his office to punish critics in the media would be a complete abuse of power," said Warner, a Democrat. on Twitter. "This does not pass the odor test, and we need some answers."

Amazon's founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos, also owns the Washington Post. Trump, who has continually attacked the media with calls for "fake news," has accused the newspaper of unfair coverage.

Oracle Corp. ( ORCL.N ) aggressively lobbied and expressed concern about the contract award process, but together with IBM Corp ( IBM.N ), it has since been eliminated from competition, and leaving Amazon and Microsoft Corp ( MSFT.O ) as finalists.

Reporting by Uday Sampath in Bengaluru; Editing by Leslie Adler

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