President Barack Obama’s uncle testified at a deportation hearing on Tuesday that Obama stayed with him while he was attending Harvard Law School in the 1980s, contradicting the White House’s claim that the two had never met. The uncle’s former landlord, who reportedly served as a witness at the hearing, also said the president once lived with his uncle.

A judge decided to let Onyango “Omar” Obama, a Kenyan national, remain in the United States after he was arrested for drunk driving in 2011.

Shortly after his arrest, the White House argued President Obama had never even met his uncle when reporters asked questions about their relationship.

The Obama White House has not commented on the new claim made by Omar Obama and his former landlord, identified as Alfred Ouma. The Boston Globe’s Maria Sacchetti reports:

If the claim is true, that Obama did indeed live with his uncle for a period of time, one has to wonder why the White House would even bother to tell such a seemingly inconsequential lie. It also wasn’t immediately clear what Omar Obama has to gain by making up a story about his nephew living with him for in Cambridge, Mass., for about three weeks.

“Omar Obama came to the United States when he was 19, with the help of his brother, Barack Obama Sr. He currently works as the manager of a liquor store,” the Washington Post reports.

“He is the second of Obama’s relatives to face deportation and win. Obama’s aunt, Zeituni Onyango, also avoided deportation in 2010,” the report adds.

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