(Washington) A US judge has ordered former Vice President Mike Pence to testify about conversations he had with Donald Trump before the storming of the Capitol, multiple media reported Tuesday.

That magistrate, James Boasberg, ruled that Mr. Pence should provide answers to a federal grand jury on any issues related to the investigation of potential crimes committed by the former president.

But Mike Pence may refuse to discuss his actions on the day of the assault, when he had the role of president of the Senate for the certification of the results of the presidential election of 2020, according to the same source.

The judge’s decision, which has not been made public, represents a partial victory for the Justice Department, which is investigating the attack on the Capitol, which was linked to several deaths and in which more than 100 police officers were injured.

Over 1,000 people were arrested.

Donald Trump is seeking a new term in 2024 and Mike Pence could be among those who will challenge him for the Republican nomination.

Investigators are examining Mr. Trump’s role in the violence that erupted on January 6, 2021, as part of what would have been a broader attempt to stay in power after losing the presidential race to Joe Biden.

Mr. Pence, as well as the special prosecutor appointed by the Justice Department, Jack Smith, can challenge the parts of the decision that are not in their favor.