After indications of Amazon improperly influencing the Department of Defense’s Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract bidding process, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) issued the following statement.
Sen. Lee and Rep. Buck stated jointly, “This is exactly what we were concerned about, and it contradicts Amazon’s insistence that there is nothing to see here. It’s becoming more and more clear that Amazon used its market power and paid-for connections to circumvent ethical boundaries and avoid competition in an attempt to win this contract. Now, more than ever, we need to ask Amazon, under oath, whether it tried to improperly influence the largest federal contract in history.”
In May, Sen. Lee and Rep. Buck sent letters to the Department of Justice, Amazon, and the Department of Defense questioning Amazon’s involvement and requesting an investigation into conflicts of interest in the procurement process. The May letters and press release can be found here.