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Defense Secretary Mark Esper recuses himself from massive Pentagon contract, citing son’s employment

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Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper has recused himself from a high-profile review of the Pentagon’s controversial JEDI cloud computing contract because his son is employed with one of the initial bidders, a Defense Department spokesman said Tuesday.

Moving forward, the review is to be handled by Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist “out of an abundance of caution,” Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said in statement emailed to reporters.

“Although not legally required to, [Esper] has removed himself from participating in any decision making following the information meetings, due to his adult son's employment with one of the original contract applicants,” Hoffman wrote.

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