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U.S. defense chief recuses himself from review of $10 billion cloud computing contract

U.S. defense chief recuses himself from review of $  10 billion cloud computing contractU.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper has removed himself from reviewing a disputed $ 10 billion cloud computing deal because of a possible conflict of interest, a move that could further delay the contract-award process. Esper has delegated decision-making on the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure Cloud (JEDI) program to Deputy Secretary David Norquist, the Pentagon said on Tuesday. “Although not legally required to, he (Esper) has removed himself from participating in any decision making … due to his adult son’s employment with one of the original contract applicants,” chief Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Rath Hoffman said in a statement.

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Sessions, under fire, recuses himself from probe of Trump-Russia contacts 

Sessions, under fire, recuses himself from probe of Trump-Russia contacts Attorney General Jeff Sessions, facing sharp criticism over his failure to disclose two meetings he had with the Russian ambassador during last year’s election campaign, said today that he would recuse himself from any investigation into Russian contacts with the Trump campaign. “I should not be involved in investigating a campaign I had a role in,” Sessions said at a hastily called press conference at the Justice Department. The embattled attorney general said he had already been planning to take that step, after consulting with top Justice Department ethics advisers, even before the Washington Post reported Wednesday night that he had failed to tell the Senate Judiciary Committee about the two meetings he had last year with Sergey Kislyak, Russia’s ambassador to the United States. Sessions, in response to a question during his confirmation hearing about reports of “a continuing exchange of information” between Russian officials and the Trump campaign, volunteered that he “did not have communications with the Russians.” Sessions, who was a senator at the time, was also a key adviser to Donald Trump during the campaign.

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