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 TrumpDemocrats' CNN town halls exposed an extreme agenda Buttigieg says he doubts Sanders can win general election Post-Mueller, Trump has a good story to tell for 2020 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 BarrDavis: The shocking fact that Mueller never would have accused Trump of a crime Ex-ICE director calls for 'nationwide operation' to target asylum-seekers in US illegally Dems plot aggressive post-Mueller moves, beginning with McGahn MORE issued his summary over the weekend of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe 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 Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiTrevor Noah on lack of Pelosi nickname from Trump: 'There is a reverence for her' Trump says he would challenge impeachment in Supreme Court The Hill's Morning Report - Will Joe Biden's unifying strategy work? MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerMJ Hegar announces Texas Senate bid Hillicon Valley: House Dems subpoena full Mueller report | DOJ pushes back at 'premature' subpoena | Dems reject offer to view report with fewer redactions | Trump camp runs Facebook ads about Mueller report | Uber gets B for self-driving cars Dem legal analyst says media 'overplayed' hand in Mueller coverage MORE (D-N.Y.) said in a joint statement.

— Tess Bonn