Shaykh 'Abdullah bin 'Abdir-Rahmān Al-Ahmad حفظه الله stated:
Indeed the absence of seeing the evidence of the criticism of a scholar (to be evidence) does not mean it doesn't exist or it's not established and viewed to be evidence with other than him (the one who doesn't view it to be evidence).
The events that have taken place (in history) are the best witness for that:
Shaykh Rabee حفظه الله and other than him from the Mashaayikh حفظهم الله presented the evidences for the misguidance of Jamā'ah At-Tablīgh to our Shaykh Ibn Bāz رحمه الله and Shaykh Ibn Bāz رحمه الله didn't hold the view of these evidences except after a number of years.
Likewise Al-Imām Al-Albānī رحمه الله in the matter of Salmān, Safar and 'Umar: he didn't hold the view of the evidences from the onset of the affair.
And our Shaykh Al-Fawzān حفظه الله in the matter of Fālih: he didn't hold the view of the evidences although the refutations of Shaykh Rabee حفظه الله and the mentioning of the evidences for that were present.
Likewise Shaykh 'Abdul-Muhsin حفظه الله in the matter of Al-Maribī and Al-Halabī: he didn't hold the view of the evidences although they are present.
These (events that are) witnesses are not hidden from the Salafīs (rather they are well known that they have actually taken place).
Therefore the evidences for the criticism of these individuals were present and along with that, these strong men from the Scholars did not hold the view of the evidences (in the instances mentioned).
Therefore, whoever singles out a scholar from the scholars that he alone is the one who sees the evidences (to be evidences) and whenever he sees it (to be evidence) then (the evidences are considered to be) present and whenever he negates it, it is negated, he (the one who has singled this scholar out) has placed this scholar upon other than his level.
That which is amazing in the matter is whoever didn't accept the criticism of the one criticizing from the scholars, he (the scholar) didn't say to the one criticizing: You are criticized due to your criticism of those who are deemed to be trustworthy with us or you are causing separation or you are an oppressor.