Michelle Obama may have dated IRS inspector general in law school

Vince Coglianese Editorial Director
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The first lady may have once dated the Internal Revenue Service’s top watchdog, Inspector General J. Russell George.

The two crossed paths in the late ’80s, when they were both students at Harvard Law School.

In between working for Republican Sen. Bob Dole and President George H.W. Bush, George attended Harvard, according to a profile published in National Journal on Wednesday.

George and Michelle Obama — then Michelle Robinson — were both members of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) and graduated together in 1988.

The report revealed that the pair at least shared a few slices of pizza together:

“I think he actually dated Michelle at one point,” former Rep. Tom Davis, a Virginia Republican, who worked with George when he was staff director for a House oversight subcommittee in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

“That is overstating it,” George said. But the two students did socialize in group settings. “Michelle was a lovely person, and down to earth,” he said. “…The BLSA went out for pizza; we would go out together.”

He paused, for a beat. “Don’t get me in trouble,” George said.

The president and first lady married on October 3, 1992.

George testified before the House oversight committee Wednesday morning on the IRS’s excessive targeting of conservative groups over the past few years.

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