Not to get political, but that Californian Republican senator who is stepping down because he opened his big mouth while waiting around with a hot microphone and boasting to a collegue about a pair of affairs he was having claims he was just spinning a big yarn. He was just "storytelling."
This reminds me of Jon Lovitz' classic SNL character Tommy Flanagan, the Pathological Liar. "And there I was with my wife...MORGAN FAIRCHILD, whom I've slept with. Yeah, that's the ticket!"
The only time you can really trust what a senator of either political party is saying is when they don't know the microphone is on.
And that's no lie.