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(LifeSiteNews) – A former Trump official said that an economic collapse in America “by design” is looming.

Monica Crowley, the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs for the U.S. Department of the Treasury under President Trump, made the statement in an interview on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow.

Crowley opined that the Democrats in Washington are manufacturing a catastrophic economic outcome.

“We are already in a technical recession” after “two straight quarters of negative growth,” she said.

Crowley believes that the Democrats are “simply buying time… They know things are going to get much worse.”

She hammered home her opinion that any potential economic disaster will be “intentional because they need that period of time of really bad economic collapse in order to slam through their socialist agenda.”

It is “about imploding the U.S. economy,” she added. If an economic collapse were to take place as Crowley suggested, “they [Democrats] can rebuild [society] in this collectivist neo-Marxist vision.”

Crowley rejected the idea of “giving them the benefit of the doubt.”

“This is all by design. It’s all going according to plan.”

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UPDATE (01/30/23): Mark Houck has been AQUITTED on both charges!

Thanks be to God LifeSiteNews can report that Mark Houck has been found "Not Guilty" on all counts today. 

In a statement to LifeSiteNews, Pro-Life Coalition of Pennsylvania spokeswoman and Houck family friend Ashley Garecht said “We rejoice and celebrate that Mark Houck has been found not guilty on all counts.”

“This case was always about a father’s right to protect his son, and never had anything to do with the FACE act,” she said. “We are grateful to the judge for his integrity, and to the jurors for their thoughtful deliberations. We are grateful to Mark’s attorneys who labored so diligently in his defense. And we are grateful for all of those who surrounded and supported Mark and his family in prayer through this challenging ordeal.”

“Most of all we praise and thank God for his protection and provision,” Garecht added. “To Him be all the glory.”

The Thomas More Society is set to hold a press conference today on the 6th street side of the James A. Byrne U.S. Courthouse, 601 Market Street, Philadelphia.

Monday’s verdict came after a tense weekend wait following a deadlocked jury on Friday.

Several hours into Monday’s deliberations after the jury reconvened,  an alternate was chosen to replace one of the jurors. Just before 3:00 p.m. EST, the jury delivered its verdict, acquitting Houck on both charges.


Mark Houck, a pro-life Catholic father of 7, became the latest victim of an FBI raid and arrest on the morning of Friday September 23 — for supposed “FACE (Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances) (Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances) Act” violations — at his rural home as his children looked on “screaming.” 

The arrest and raid stems from an altercation with a Planned Parenthood worker.

According to Mark’s wife Ryan-Marie, a “pro-abortion protester” would verbally harrass Mark's 12-year old son — hurling vulgar and derogatory statements. 

When the protestor encroached in the boy's space, Mark defended his son. At that point, “Mark shoved him away from his child, and the guy fell back,” Ryan-Marie recounts.

The protestor was not injured, but he tried to sue Mark Houck for the assault but his case was thrown out of court in the early summer. 


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If convicted, Houck faces up to a maximum of 11 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and fines of up to $350,000, according to the Justice Department. 

Additional conservative pro-life leaders have weighed in — this is why we need your support ASAP. 

“Just in the last few days we’ve seen some pretty glaring examples of what appear to be instances of DOJ [Department of Justice] overreach. You’ve got a Catholic father of seven who formed a group designed to encourage young men to be faithful to their commitments, arrested in front of his seven children just recently. You’ve got all these instances of overreach. It’s deeply concerning to us all. These are all things we’re gonna be looking into.”  — US Senator Mike Lee

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She stated that she believes the mass illegal immigration issues at the southern border are part of the economic problem.

“This is all about overwhelming America’s systems in order to destroy them, so that you can rebuild them in your own communist image,” she said.

“That includes the open border. It’s about changing America’s demographics and imploding the country.”

Crowley was a Fox News contributor, where she worked on and off from 1996 to 2017. She is a former online opinion editor for The Washington Times. On July 16, 2019, Trump announced Crowley’s appointment as spokesperson for the Treasury Department.