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A federal judge has ordered former Vice President Mike Pence to adhere to a subpoena to give testimony in the special counsel investigation into former President Donald Trump’s attempts to reverse the results of the 2020 presidential election, NBC News reported.

The Monday ruling by chief US District Court judge for the District of Columbia James Boasberg, compelling Pence to cooperate with the investigation, will see Pence testifying before a grand jury connected to special counsel Jack Smith’s investigation.

The judge ruled that Pence has limited immunity protecting him from speaking about legislative matters, which his lawyers had argued, but said that the immunity does not cover protecting him from being called to testify about discussions with Trump concerning allegations of “illegality.”

Smith was appointed by Attorney General Merrick Garland to act as special counsel in the probe. He attempted to subpoena Pence’s testimony in February. But the former vice president has so far refused to comply with the court order.

“No vice president has ever been subject to a subpoena to testify about the president with whom they served,” Pence said.

He has not stated if he plans to appeal Boasberg’s order. But he has said that he would go to the Supreme Court, if necessary, to fight the subpoena, according to ABC News.