One text showed the keen interest in the Trump-Ukraine meeting, and an announcement on a 2016 election investigation, as officials said the President "really wants the deliverable."
Reaction broke right along party lines.
"This unilateral and cherry-picked release by the Democrats is a desperate attempt to further their failing impeachment narrative," said a statement from Republicans on the House Oversight Committee.
Democrats saw it much differently, arguing it proved the President was looking for foreign nations to help him in the 2020 elections, as Mr. Trump on Thursday publicly called for Ukraine and China to investigate former Vice President Biden and his son.
"These texts are completely bonkers," said Rep. Sean Casten (D-IL), as Democrats said the information proved the story of a whistleblower from inside U.S. Intelligence.
“The texts make 100% clear,” said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), “Our top diplomat in Kiev says there was an "investigation for aid" quid pro quo.”