By Jeremy Herb - 07/29/13 05:07 PM EDT
Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), who led the nearly successful effort to curb the NSA’s collection activities last week, called for Clapper to resign last month over the remark.
“My response was clearly erroneous — for which I apologize,” Clapper wrote to the Senate Intelligence Committee.
“While my staff acknowledged the error to Senator Wyden’s staff soon after the hearing, I can now openly correct it because the existence of the metadata collection program has been declassified,” Clapper said.
At the hearing, Wyden had asked Clapper: “Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?”
“No, sir,” Clapper replied.
“There are cases where they could inadvertently perhaps collect, but not wittingly,” he added.