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Trying to follow the Paul Manafort trial is like playing chess after drinking four straight shots of vodka.

Key witness and varsity plea-bargainer, Rick Gates, confessed to committing crimes with Manafort, while also stealing from him -- or robbing Peter to rob Paul.

Gates pleaded guilty to wiring money from Cypress to Great Britain and to the US without paying taxes. There may have been money laundries in Ukraine, Rangoon, Oz and Ivanka's purse.

This is like watching a bad contortionist stuck in the lotus position.

Manafort is charged with fraud, conspiracy and being Donald Trump's campaign manager.