Downing Street has repeatedly denied intervening in any individual cases in the final days of the mission as thousands of people wanting to flee the Taliban were left behind.
But an email shared with a Commons inquiry shows a Foreign Office official saying in August that the Prime Minister had just “authorised” the animals’ rescue.
And the BBC reported another email from the same day saying Mr Raab was “seeking a steer from No 10 on whether” to call Nowzad staff forward.
Speaking to broadcasters during a visit to North Wales, Mr Johnson said: “This whole thing is total rhubarb.”
Pressed if he intervened, he responded: “Absolutely not, the military always prioritised human beings.”
The prime minister’s official spokesman had earlier said: “It’s not uncommon in Whitehall for a decision to be interpreted or portrayed as coming directly from the prime minister even when that’s not the case and it’s our understanding that’s what happened in this instance. We appreciate it was a frenetic time for those officials dealing with this situation.”
Someone stop him already \n\nNot only has it been in the dress up box again but now it says the pen farthing lies he\u2019s been accused of are\n\n\u2018Total Rhubarb\u2019\n\nWhat on earth sort of Etonian Language is that\n\n#TotalRhubarb #SueGrayDay #BorisJohnsonOut #BorisResignpic.twitter.com/JQMpxAalJb