"This was an operation where individuals ended up exceeding the authorities and responsibilities they had".
Trump last week pulled Mnuchin from attending an economic summit in Riyadh this week that was being hosted by the crown prince, but the Treasury secretary still plans on attending an anti-terrorism summit in Saudi Arabia later this month. "There obviously was a tremendous mistake made and what compounded the mistake was the attempt to try to cover up". According to the Saudi Press Agency, preliminary investigations revealed that "discussions" between Khashoggi and suspects now detained by Saudi Arabia developed into a physical altercation that resulted in Khashoggi's death. Turkish investigative agencies have said that he was brutally killed inside the consulate.
"To say that I am skeptical of the new Saudi narrative about Mr. Khashoggi is an understatement", said Republican US Senator Lindsey Graham.
According to the minister, the prosecutor determined "that the reports that were originally filed were wrong, and that there was something that happened that was criminal".
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The European Union's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has described Khashoggi's death as a "shocking violation" of worldwide conventions, and on Saturday Canada's Foreign Minister Chrsytia Freeland said "the explanations offered to date lack consistency and credibility".
A number of Saudi nationals have since been arrested while deputy intelligence chief Ahmad al-Assiri and Saud al-Qahtani, a senior aide to the Crown Prince, have been dismissed, state TV reported.
USA president Donald Trump said he thought Saudi Arabia's explanation was credible, but that what happened was "unacceptable".
The UK Foreign Office described it as "a bad act" and said the people behind the killing "must be held to account".
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Democratic Representative Adam Schiff of California said Saudi Arabia's claim that Mr Khashoggi died in a brawl was not credible.
"I will make my statement about this issue on Tuesday at the party group meeting", Erdogan said in a speech in Istanbul on Sunday.
TRT World has obtained exclusive CCTV pictures of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi just minutes before he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. When the media reported a few days later that he had been killed there, they called the accusations "baseless".
Trump initially said he found the explanation credible, but later expressed more scepticism - although he warned against scrapping a multibillion-dollar arms deal with the conservative kingdom. "We want Jamal's murderers to be punished".
California Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, said on ABC's "This Week" that the killing should be a "relationship-altering" event for the USA and Saudi Arabia, which has said it will retaliate against any economic sanctions or other moves against it.
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Even allies of Saudi Arabia have criticised its account.