The emails — which date from 2017 and 2018 — were released by the Defense Department’s inspector general in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit brought by a former inspector general. The events described in them predate the formal Pentagon request for bids on the JEDI contract.
The emails show Mr. Mattis’s aides also lavishing praise on the chief executives of other companies.
Ms. Donnelly called Satya Nadella, the chief executive of Microsoft, “one of the sector’s ‘thought leaders’ and one of the country’s most prominent Indian Americans,” and indicated it was important for Mr. Mattis to meet with Mr. Nadella to demonstrate impartiality.
Another aide, whose name is redacted in the emails, wrote that Milo Medin, a Google executive with whom Mr. Mattis met during his 2017 trip to the West Coast, was “great.”
Mr. Mattis’s meeting with Tim Cook of Apple was “also solid,” the aide wrote, noting that the two men “seemed to click personally, Cook said he’s eager to help however he can (and seemed to mean it).” The aide concluded that “one positive note of the trip is that everyone” at the various companies “seemed to convey a sincere ‘patriotic’ tune. I think that might have surprised the Boss a bit.”
A month after the trip, the Pentagon issued a memo titled “Accelerating Enterprise Cloud Adoption.”
Mr. Buck, who worked on a bipartisan package of bills that passed the Judiciary Committee last month meant to weaken the dominance of Big Tech, joined with Mr. Lee in sending a letter to Mr. Bezos in May suggesting that Amazon tried “to monopolize one or more markets relating to government and/or commercial cloud computing services by improperly influencing the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure procurement process.”
They called on the Justice Department to investigate whether Amazon “may have violated federal conflict of interest and antitrust laws.” And they accused the Defense Department’s inspector general of glossing over improprieties related to Amazon’s bid for the JEDI contract.