Greenwald: Stories like Russia probe get 'conflated' into 'idealogical litmus tests'

Journalist Glenn Greenwald said Tuesday that major stories like the Russia probe often serve as “ideological litmus tests” for voters on both sides of the aisle.

“There are non-ideological, nonpolitical debates that are evidentiary in nature — scandals like Benghazi or is Obama really a U.S. citizen or did Trump collude with the Russians — that don’t have an ideological component to them, it is just evidentiary,” Greenwald, co-founding editor at The Intercept, told Hill.TV during an interview on “Rising.”

“What happens is these kinds of scandals get conflated into tribalistic and ideological litmus tests, so that you’re required to say that you’re on the side of the anti-Trump forces and believe things that you don’t actually believe are true upon pain of being accused of being a Trump supporter,” he added.

Greenwald, who has been a longtime critic of allegations that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's top adviser on Asia to serve as deputy national security adviser United Auto Workers strike against GM poised to head into eighth day Trump doubles down on call to investigate Biden after whistleblower complaint: 'That's the real story' MORE's campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election, said that when he expressed skepticism over the alleged Russian collusion, he was dismissed by those on the left as a Trump supporter.

“I vehemently opposed Donald Trump’s policies — vehemently opposed them — and yet got constantly called a Trump supporter or a supporter of the alt-right, obviously got called a Russian agent a lot, a paid agent of the Kremlin,” he told Hill.TV.

“The pressure becomes, ‘Stick to our script even if you don’t believe it or we’re going to try to eject you from good company that we keep from the venues, the media platforms that we control,'” he said. “That was really the tactic that they used not just against me but other people on the left who were expressing skepticism about the story from the beginning.”

His comments came after Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrTrump walks tightrope on gun control Feinstein calls on Justice to push for release of Trump whistleblower report Clarence Thomas, Joe Manchin, Rudy Giuliani among guests at second state visit under Trump MORE issued his summary over the weekend of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerLewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network Mueller report fades from political conversation MORE’s findings in the 22-month Russia investigation that has dominated large portions of Trump's presidency.

According to Barr, Mueller found in his report that while Russia did seek to influence the 2016 election, he did not uncover evidence to conclude that Trump's campaign conspired or colluded with the country to interfere in the election.

Mueller also did not determine whether Trump had obstructed justice.

The White House has touted the findings of the probe, while Vice President Pence hailed the conclusion of the Mueller investigation as a “great day for America.”

“Make no mistake about it my fellow Americans, this was a total vindication,” Pence said during a speech at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference on Monday.

Top Democrats, meanwhile, are urging lawmakers to hold off on making their own conclusions until Mueller's full report is publicly released.

"Attorney General Barr’s letter raises as many questions as it answers," House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiRomney: Trump asking Ukraine to investigate political rival 'would be troubling in the extreme' Pelosi: Whistleblower complaint 'must be addressed immediately' Democrats must embrace Israel and denounce anti-Semitism in the party MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerToomey on gun reform: 'Beto O'Rourke is not helping' Schumer, Pelosi push Trump to back universal background check bill Sinema says she would back Kennedy in race against Markey MORE (D-N.Y.) said in a joint statement.

— Tess Bonn