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Onyango Obama, uncle of President Barack Obama, arrives for a hearing in Framingham, Mass., District Court Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, where he challenged the driving record of the officer who arrested him in August 2011 on drunken driving charges. (AP Photo/MetroWest Daily News, Allan Jung) Onyango Obama, uncle of President Barack Obama, arrives for a hearing in Framingham, Mass., District Court Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, where he challenged the driving record of the officer who arrested him in August 2011 on drunken driving charges. (AP Photo/MetroWest Daily News, Allan Jung)  

Lawmaker: Obama’s ‘Drunken Uncle Omar’ should testify before Congress

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

A Republican lawmaker said Wednesday he would like President Obama’s “drunken Uncle Omar” — the longtime illegal immigrant who has faced deportation — to testify before Congress.

Iowa Rep. Steve King made the comments during a Conversations with Conservatives event on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. Asked by a reporter about “Uncle Omar,” the lawmaker repeated his desire for Obama’s relative to answer questions before the House Judiciary Committee about whether he has received special treatment.

Onyango “Omar” Obama — the president’s Kenyan-born uncle — has been in the United States illegally since the 1960s, having disregarded multiple deportation orders over the years.

During a hearing at the end of last year, an immigration judge allowed Obama to stay in the country and apply for citizenship, despite his deportation history and previous arrest for drunken driving.

After long claiming the president never met his uncle, the White House acknowledged in December what they had been saying was untrue.

“The president first met Omar Obama when he moved to Cambridge for law school,” said White House spokesman Eric Schultz. “The president did stay with him for a brief period of time until his apartment was ready. After that, they saw each other once every few months, but after law school they fell out of touch. The president has not seen him in 20 years, has not spoken with him in 10.”

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