Lankford believes Obama administration has paid Iran full $1.7 billion settlement
By RANDY KREHBIEL World Staff Writer

U.S. Sen. James Lankford said Friday he believes the Obama administration has paid Iran $1.7 billion — not the $400 million widely reported — in a deal tied to the release of four American prisoners.

Lankford, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said his opinion is based on reports originating from Iran that the $1.7 billion has already been incorporated into that country’s defense budget.

“I think it’s already gone,” Lankford said, referring to the $1.3 balance owed the Iranian government. “I think they wired that (to Iran), but the administration will not discuss it.”

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