A Virginia judge has granted Newt Gingrich’s motion for a stay in his efforts to avoid testifying before a Georgia court’s grand jury investigating whether then-President Donald Trump and others unlawfully tried to influence the 2020 election in that state.

In an order issued Thursday, the Virginia Court of Appeals granted the former U.S. House speaker’s motion for a stay. Gingrich, who today lives in Northern Virginia, had argued that the federal law that normally requires states to honor out-of-state grand jury summonses should not apply in this case, because the special grand jury does not have the power to indict.