“I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.” — President Bill Clinton, Jan. 26, 1998

Bill Clinton was lying when he looked the American people in the eye and denied having an affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. He absolutely did have sexual relations with Miss Lewinsky, and was impeached for lying about it.

Because he wasn’t convicted, Clinton finished his second term and got busy with his life’s work — helping to keep Hillary Clinton from ever becoming president. She made plenty of her own mistakes, but none were more costly than the ones Bill and his legendary libido laid across her path.

Few would compare Bill Clinton — a charming cad with considerable political gifts and a questionable conscience — and Donald Trump, a brash bully with zero political skills and no noticeable shred of decency.

I will. Both are shameless liars. Both have objectified women with impunity. Both love themselves unabashedly and unconditionally.

Only one of them has been impeached. So far.

In a bizarre press conference this afternoon, President Trump reliably told a boatload of tired lies, but one questionable statement stood out. He denied directing former national security adviser Michael Flynn to consort with Russian officials seeking assurances that a Trump presidency would lead to the lifting of sanctions and a makeover of U.S. relations with Vladimir Putin‘s Russia.

The president dismissed reports of Trump aides communicating with Russian officials as “a joke” being pushed by a “very dishonest media.” Never mind that these contacts happened and were meticulously documented. President Trump presides over his own reality, where whatever he says is not only true but unquestionable.

Out here in the Real World, however, one can clearly hear the echoes of January 1998. Today, President Trump essentially said: “I did not play footsie with that country, Russia.”

They are the kind of words that come back to haunt.