A former member of Rep. Matt Gaetz’s congressional staff added yet another strange twist to the damage-control effort following bombshell news of federal investigators looking into whether his former boss paid for sex or had sex with a 17-year-old.
Nathan Nelson, a retired Air Force captain and wheelchair-bound Purple Heart recipient due to being wounded in Afghanistan, worked for the Florida Republican congressman’s office from January 2017 through late 2020 as his director of military affairs.
In a press conference on Monday organized by Gaetz’s congressional office, Nelson described an encounter with the FBI that he said reinforced his belief that Gaetz did not do anything illegal.
“Last Wednesday afternoon, two members of the FBI came to my house unannounced to question me about allegations surrounding congressman Gaetz,” Nelson said. “They told me that members of the media reached out to them, asserting that I had previous knowledge of congressman Gaetz’s involvement in illegal