Little appetite in DC to attack leak-besieged intelligence chief despite 'erroneous' remark

The White House and key lawmakers are standing by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper despite his admission that he gave misleading statements to Congress on the how much the U.S. spies on its own.

Clapper's apology to lawmakers was made public last week. In March he said that U.S. spies do not gather data on Americans — something National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden revealed as false by releasing documents showing the NSA collects millions of U.S. phone records.

One lawmaker has called for Clapper's resignation, but few others are joining in, at a time the intelligence community is besieged by Snowden's leaks.

The head of the Brookings Intelligence Project, Bruce Riedel, says Clapper's job seems safe for now but that could change if he makes another misstatement.