President Clinton told the grand jury investigating his relationship with Monica Lewinsky that he was troubled by her transfer out of the White House and discussed bringing her back in the summer of last year, according to people familiar with his testimony.

Clinton testified on Aug. 17 that he spoke about his worries over Lewinsky's situation with Marsha Scott, a senior aide in the White House personnel office and a friend of his since high school, they said.That discussion, in July 1997, is the first indication that Clinton took an interest in returning Lewinsky, a former intern, to the White House from the public affairs job at the Pentagon, where she was transferred against her wishes in April 1996. Clinton's apparent sympathy for Lewinsky is starkly at odds with the views of some White House staffers, who suggested as recently as this spring that she had been shadowing or even stalking the president, which is why they said they thought she should leave.

The president did not order Lewinsky's return and did not ask aides to give her favorable treatment, one adviser knowledgeable about his testimony said. And despite her own pleas to White House officials, Lewinsky did not receive a position there.

Lewinsky has told grand jurors that, as early as spring 1996, at the time she was transferred, Clinton assured her that he would bring her back to the White House after the election that November, an associate of Lewinsky said.