Former President Donald Trump arrives to speak at Mar-a-lago on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

A judge in Georgia has said that a grand jury report about how former President Trump tried to get the 2020 election results changed will stay secret for now.

The report is the result of an eight-month criminal investigation into Donald Trump’s campaign to challenge his close loss in a US state. It shows what the investigation found.

The two-week-old grand jury did not have the power to bring charges, but it could have done so.

In US history, no former president has ever been charged with a crime.

After hours of arguments in court on Tuesday, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney said he wouldn’t make any “hurried decisions” and would instead take more time to think about what both sides had said.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis got the group’s report two weeks ago and argued in court that the report shouldn’t be made public because “it is not the right time.”

A prosecutor for Fulton County also said that the office of the district attorney thinks the report shouldn’t be made public until they decide whether or not to bring charges in the case.

The prosecutor, Donald Wakeford, said, “This is not a group that wants to march until the end of time.”

Judge McBurney said that he thinks any decision about releasing the report will be fought in court.

Ms. Willis called together the 26-person grand jury in January 2022 to look into the efforts to overturn President Joe Biden’s 11,779-vote win over Donald Trump and to send an “alternative” slate of Republican presidential electors from the state.

Some of the crimes it looked into were trying to get people to cheat in elections, telling lies to government officials, and racketeering.

This includes a famous phone call between Mr. Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in January 2021, in which the then-president said, “I want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have.”

Mr. Trump has called the investigation a “political witch hunt” and said that the call was “perfect” several times.

Before Tuesday’s hearing, Mr. Trump said on his Truth Social platform that his Democratic opponents had cheated to win. He said that “many people, including lawyers for both sides, were knowingly on the line” during the call with Mr. Raffensperger.

He also said again that the 2020 election was stolen, which was not true.

In court, lawyers for a group of US news outlets asked for the report to be made public, saying that there was “extraordinary” public interest in what happened.

The media outlets’ lawyer, Thomas Clyde, said that if the document isn’t made public, it could hurt “public faith” in the court system. He also said that hurting people’s reputations is not enough reason to keep the report secret.

Mr. Trump’s lawyers said they would not be at the hearing on Tuesday.

“We have never been a part of this process up to this point. During the investigation, the grand jury forced dozens of other, often high-ranking, officials to talk. However, they never thought it was important to talk to the President “They said this in an email to CBS News, which is the BBC’s US partner.