Win McNamee/GettyRoger Stone allies say they are taking heart in President Trump’s decision to grant clemency to a host of offenders just days before his sentencing. Judge Amy Berman Jackson is set to sentence Stone on Thursday now that a jury found him guilty of a host of crimes related to his conduct during investigations into Russia’s 2016 election interference. Michael Caputo, a former Trump campaign official who counts Stone as a close friend and mentor, told The Daily Beast he found Trump’s Tuesday clemency moves encouraging. Trump pardoned seven people and shortened the prison sentences of four others. “The president has proven that he uses his clemency powers judiciously and thoughtfully, and we know that he is being very thoughtful about Roger’s situation,” said Caputo, who heads a group of Stone pals pushing for him to receive a pardon. He added that while the group hasn’t communicated directly with the White House or Justice Department, they’re open to any such conversations. Read more at The Daily Beast.